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Creating wellness in the school natural sciences curriculum: The two missing links

Josef J. de Beer
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 33, No 1 | a1179 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v33i1.1179 | © 2014 Josef J. de Beer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 June 2014 | Published: 13 November 2014

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Josef J. de Beer, Department of Science and Technology Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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This article sheds light on two missing links in the science school curriculum which result in learners’ wellness and appreciation for a holistic view of health not being adequately addressed. Firstly, in the natural sciences curriculum (Senior Phase) and life sciences curriculum (Further Education and Training), health and wellness are often viewed (also by the teachers) from a reductionist perspective, which results in learners not appreciating the holistic nature of healthcare. Secondly, I argue for greater emphasis on the affective domain in the science classroom, and a stronger focus on indigenous knowledge systems which do embrace holism. The article provides practical examples of border crossing between the natural sciences and metaphysics, without ignoring the tenets of the nature of science. The author shows how such border crossing could result in learners developing a more nuanced understanding of and appreciation for holistic wellness.


gesondheid, holisme, skoolkurrikulum, affektiewe domein, inheemse kennis, medisinale plante.


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