n South African Journal of Higher Education - How should we educate science teachers for a changing society?




This article addresses some aspects of the academic and professional objectives in the development of science teacher education programmes in the context of South Africa's changing society. Governments the world over, are now realizing more than ever that poor science educational quality has serious implications for the sustained development of their countries. This realization has led to a renewed commitment in many countries to upgrade the quality and efficiency of the teacher education programme. The article focuses on some aspects of South Africa's educational environment in relation to the education of science teachers. This was done by first examining current trends in teacher education with a view to identifying those features that are said to contribute to the success of teacher education programmes, and thereafter evolving a framework within which the preparation of science teachers at tertiary level, the universities, may be properly considered


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