The challenge of generic competences to science education

Fensham, Peter J. (2012) The challenge of generic competences to science education. In Brugiere, Catherine, Tiberghien, Andree, & Clement, Pierre (Eds.) E-Book Proceedings of the ESERA 2011 Conference : Science learning and Citizenship, European Science Education Research Association, Lyon, France, Centre de Congrès, Lyon.

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Abstract

Since 2000 there has been pressure on education systems for develop in students a number of competences that are described as generic. This pressure stems from studies of the changing nature of work in the Knowledge Society that is now so dominant. The DeSeCo project identified a number of these competences, and listed them under the headings of communicative, analytical and personal. They include thinking, creativity, communication skills, knowing how to learn, working in teams, adapting to change, and problem solving.

These competences pose a substantial challenge to the manner in which education as a whole, and science education in particular, has hitherto been generally conceived. It is now common to find their importance acknowledged in new formulation of the curriculum. The paper reviews a number of these curriculum documents and how they have tried to relate these competences to the teaching and learning of Science, a subject with its own very specific content for learning. It will be suggested that the challenge provides an opportunity for a reconstruction of the teaching and learning of science in schools that will increase its effectiveness for more students.

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ID Code: 58186
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Co-editors:
Virginie Albe, Silvia Caravita, Graça Carvalho, Costas Constantinou, Digna Couso, Jens Dolin, Reinders Duit, Bob Evans, Jane Johnston, Jari Lavonen, Conxita Marquez, Patricia Marzin, Laurence Maurines, Marisa Michelini, Robin Millar, Kai Niebert, Miriam Ossevoort, Roser Pinto, Dimitris Psillos, Miia Rannikmâe, Andreas Redfors, Helene Sorensen, Rosa Maria Sperandeo, Jouni Viiri, Manuela Welzel-Breuer, Abert Zeyer
ISBN: 9789963700448
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2013 05:19
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2013 04:39

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