Title

Science for the 21st century: Teaching for scientific literacy in the primary classroom

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Australian Science Teachers Association

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Education / Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies

RAS ID

9154

Comments

Murcia, K. (2007). Science for the 21st century: Teaching for scientific literacy in the primary classroom. Teaching Science: The Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association, 53(2).

Abstract

Scientific literacy as an educational outcome is essential in a world increasingly shaped and directed by science. When we look at our society the growing demands placed on individuals and communities to understand, engage with and take up the ideas and applications of science are clearly evident. As educators we should reflect on the demands of life in the 21st century and question what it now means to be scientifically literate and how we can effectively engage primary school students in teaching and learning for scientific literacy. This paper introduces a concise framework for scientific literacy and suggests strategies such as modelling the dynamic nature of science and context-driven integrated learning for developing it in the primary classroom.

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