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Title:The implementation and development of science process skills in the natural sciences: a case study of teachers' perceptions
Authors:Ambross, Johannes
Meiring, Les
Blignaut, Sylvan
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1753-5921)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:science education
primary education
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18146627.2014.934998
Abstract:One of the central aims of science education in South Africa is the promotion of scientific literacy, or the ability to understand science and technology in its application in everyday context. This study explores the perceptions of four primary school Natural Sciences teachers with respect to the implementation and development of science process skills at classroom level in a disadvantaged urban primary school in South Africa. Qualitative data, generated via focus group interviews and classroom observations were analysed. These data revealed that the implementation and development of science process skills were strongly influenced by the teacher's confidence and understandings of these skills, and that these in turn could be coupled to their present and past experience of science process skills. A key recommendation of this study, that might go some way to addressing these issues, is the implementation of high quality and sustained (over a long period of time) appropriate in-service training of primary school Natural Sciences teachers. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]