As many as 398 teachers from 22 countries and regions, with most respondents from UK and India took part in Oxford University Press’s survey
A survey by the Oxford University Press (OUP) of science teachers in 22 countries on their respective national science curricula found that only 31% of science teachers across the globe believe that the current science education in their country is fit for the future.
The ‘Evolution of Science Education’ survey claimed that 66% teachers still believe the current methods give students the opportunity to become scientifically literate and active citizens.
As many as 398 teachers from 22 countries and regions, with most respondents from the United Kingdom (44%) and India (19%) took part in the survey.
Sivaramakrishnan Venkateswaran, managing director, Oxford University Press India, says, "The study of Science helps fuel curiosity in young minds and makes them think about solutions to challenges in everyday life. Its relevance in a pandemic-afflicted world has only grown. It was important to sense-check what Science teachers felt about how their subject needed to evolve."
“We are delighted with the strong participation of science teachers from India in our survey and their belief that the current curriculum is helping students to become scientifically literate and active citizens,” he added.
Venkateswaran further said that the research work was undertaken along with OUP's involvement in developing the Science framework for the Programme for International Assessment (PISA) 2025. Respondents were asked to provide suggestions on how science curriculum might evolve to be relevant to the world today and even tomorrow.
Teachers recommended that Science education should continue to prioritise practical based skills through experimentation in the lab/classroom. Further, the curriculum also needs to be up-to-date. Teachers also suggested a rebalancing of exams - away from the current focus on knowledge, towards assessing the application of Science.
Teachers who were a part of the survey believe the core purpose of Science education should be to inspire students to engage with Science, teaching underpinning scientific concepts, teaching skills to enable effective experimentation, and helping learners achieve a range of desirable outcomes through science.
The survey report stated, ‘COVID-19 has undoubtedly had an impact on Science teaching in the last year, particularly restricting practical experimentation in the classroom, but the paper highlights numerous other issues brought to light by the pandemic and need to be resolved.’
The survey added, ‘To ensure Science education evolves and remains relevant in the future, teachers believe there should be more focus on climate change as well as tackling fake news and adapting faster to technological and societal change.’
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