n Education as Change - Opportunities that the South African OBE curriculum framework provides for addressing environmental concerns

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1682-3206
  • E-ISSN: 1947-9417
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In this article I explore opportunities that the South African outcomes-based education (OBE) curriculum framework generally, and the Natural Sciences Learning Area more specifically, provide for addressing environmental concerns in South African schools. My exploration is guided by literature that I reviewed and an analysis of South African policy documents. In the paper I discuss possible tensions within outcomes-based education and how these might be overcome. I also give an historical-philosophical account of some of the tensions between science (education) and environmental education (EE) and suggest how these may be overcome. I argue that some of the learning outcomes of the Natural Sciences Learning Area are in line with new thinking in science (education), thus providing an enabling framework for environmental concerns to be addressed in science learning programmes.

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