HOW TO MAKE NATURAL SCIENCES BECOME THE SCIENCES OF PRIORITYJournal: GAMTAMOKSLINIS UGDYMAS / NATURAL SCIENCE EDUCATION (Vol.10, No. 2)
Publication Date: 2013-08-30
Authors : Eleonora Melnik;
Page : 4-6
Keywords : educational environment; human sciences; school education;
In many countries the interest to natural sciences among youth declines at the same time the interest to human sciences and management of human activity increases. Educational environment reflects those transformative mechanisms which influence the real sphere of human activity. Education being a socially significant institution should respond to human needs “here and now”, keep and develop fundamental knowledge using innovative means of education. Knowledge of some areas of physics, chemistry and biology remain conservative. New industries require professionals who can integrate different knowledge. This knowledge is acquired in the process of school education and the best time is primary school period. Forms of extracurricular work: traditional clubs, inter-class associations, interest centers and so on. Teachers give less preference to research of natural objects and phenomena and more preference to use of video information. This includes different presentations development of which is encouraged and widely used in primary school. New technologies should be implemented in school education but we shouldn't substitute live communication with nature by texts and pictures from the Internet. Observation of nature being a method of classical biology is still of great value because it allows a child to identify and explore the environment and become a discoverer of the world.
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