n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Effects of sociocultural beliefs on science education in Zimbabwe : implications for science teaching




This paper discusses the notion that children bring into the classroom sociocultural characteristics from their environment, which may create a wedge between what they are taught and what they learn. It is also acknowledged in this paper that some sociocultural factors, such as the 'cooperative goal structure' may have positive implications for science education. The following sociocultural factors that may affect science education in Zimbabwe are discussed: sex or gender bias, reverence for authority, religious ideology, causality and causal attribution and relationship with nature. It is also recommended that science educators should view science from a cultural context and that they should be able to recognize the characteristics of the learners' sociocultural background that might serve as a blockage or those that promote the learning of science concepts. Teachers should then use that knowledge as the starting point of their teaching.


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