What is science eduation?

Science education

Science education encompasses knowledge and understanding of the biological and physical aspects of the world and the processes through which such knowledge and understanding are developed.

Through science education, children construct, modify and develop a broad range of scientific concepts and ideas. As teachers we encourage them to work scientifically which in turn involves them in observation, questioning, discussion, prediction, analysis, exploration, investigation, and experimentation, while the knowledge and skills they acquire may be applied in designing and making tasks. Thus, science education equips children to live in a world that is increasingly scientifically and technologically oriented. We only have to look at how the world view has changed in the last fifteen years: here in Ireland the Green Party is in government because we are concerned with our local environments; health and lifestyle is a conscious choice of ever increasing numbers of people; technology and new scientific breakthroughs are driving our world, from the homes where we live to the nature of the classrooms where we learn each day.

Science education fosters a respect for the evidence of scientific enquiry, while the collaborative nature of its activities can also help children to acquire social and co-operative skills. Investigations and problem-solving tasks nurture the inventive and creative capacities of children. Science education plays a key role in promoting  sensitivity to, and a personal sense of responsibility for, local and wider environments. It helps to develop an appreciation of the interdependence of all living things and the Earth on which they live. It encourages the adoption of responsible attitudes and patterns of behaviour towards the environment and so fosters the concept of people as custodians of the Earth for future generations.