Developing the ability of learning and thinking at a higher level at science classes creative challenge or intellectual risk?

Stavreva Veselinovska, Snezana and Petrovska, Sonja (2014) Developing the ability of learning and thinking at a higher level at science classes creative challenge or intellectual risk? Zbornik radova - 2 Megunarodna znanstvena konferencija, 2 (2). pp. 249-259. ISSN 978-9958-16-023-3


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In modern school, the student should become the meaning and the purpose of the content that will introduce him/her into the world of competition and competence in order to enable successful communication with it. How can we draw school nearer to the student? How can a teaching lesson become a workshop in which new ideas, creative solutions, new forms of research and new knowledge are being intercrossed?! To create and develop modern education means to realize objectives that would reflect its sense. In current education, the hierarchy of values that should be set and implemented is asymmetrically positioned. The research that has been done in this paper aims to investigate the introduction of practical teaching and application of reforms in teaching biology in a few schools in Stip, R. Macedonia. Data were collected from semi-structured interviews made with 11 experienced teachers of biology.The results showed that teachers occasionally introduced a small number of enhanced instructional strategies that explicitly match the formal curriculum in their classes, such as: presenting, analyzing and generalizing experimental results from practical teaching of biology in various forms. However, teachers have used fewer strategies that target encouraging higher level thinking, such as to induce students to ask questions or to learn about problem solving strategies used during lessons. Although biology is considered to be a relatively well established subject in the schools in the Republic of Macedonia, significant differences were identified between teachers regarding the use of rich teaching strategies during lessons, their confidence in the application of ICT in teaching, and their beliefs about the abilities of students to develop the ability to think at a higher level. Teachers often consider reformed teaching as being more an idealistic method than pure school practice. It is therefore necessary to continue to work in this field. Teachers should have training and practice so that "higher level thinking" becomes an integral part of teaching classes in natural sciences, especially biology classes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: modern school, reforms, teaching biology, teaching strategies, higher level thinking.
Subjects: Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Snezana Stavrova Veselinova
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2014 10:59
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2014 10:59

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