Science and the Secondary Curriculum

T. R. Mason

Abstract


MR. A. E. Cawthorne, an English Science teacher, recently published a book entitled "Science in Education", and dedicated the publication "to the child, who is fast becoming the last concern in secondary education". This dedication was probably meant to be thought-provocative, and to those interested in secondary education it presents a very definite challenge. If we as Science teachers take up this challenge we are immediately confronted with many questions; for example, what is the function of Science in the secondary curriculum? Does our present curriculum allow Science to fulfil this function? I am aware that many issues concerning the place of Science in secondary education, and the methods of teaching Science, are controversial and mere matters of opinion, but that does not render them less important, or, for that matter, less interesting. Now, what is the function of Science in the secondary curriculum? Many claims concerning it have been made and most of them with some justification.

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