Original Research: Social Responsibility and Education

Could the ‘evolution’ from biology to life sciences prevent ‘extinction’ of the subject field?

Johanna G. Ferreira
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 31, No 1 | a366 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v31i1.366 | © 2012 Johanna G. Ferreira | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 June 2012 | Published: 12 November 2012


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Abstract

In this article the change of the school subject ‘biology’ to ‘life sciences’ as well as the associatedand expected implications of this change are discussed. The question arises whether the intended change is significant enough and whether it would address the decreasing interest in the life sciences at tertiary level. The changes in the new curricula make the content more relevant to learners and the community itself, but certain selected issues are not addressed. Suggestions are made to amend the curriculum and to adapt teaching methods to facilitate the development of the necessary skills in learners.

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lewenswetenskappe-onderrig; lewenswetenskappe-kurrikulum; belangstelling in lewenswetenskappe; voorbestaan van lewenswetenskappe

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