oa The Journal of Independent Teaching and Learning - The nature of science and the National Curriculum Statements : some philosophical issues

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1818-9687



South African curriculum reform has recently focused on the need for including the nature of science, indigenous knowledge and the influence of an African worldview in the teaching of science. New curriculum demands are often couched in terms of the rise of science, the reliability of its claims, its influence on values and priorities and its relation to social responsibility. In this paper it is argued that if educators are to respond to the challenges of these new curriculum demands, they need to have developed meaningful understandings of interpretations of the nature of science and have insight into the effect their own beliefshave on their interpretation of curricula and the way in which they go about teaching science.

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