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Scientific literacy education: reflections from Fiji

Sharma, Runaaz and Sharma, L.R. (2017) Scientific literacy education: reflections from Fiji. Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 18 (2). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1609-4913

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    Scientific literacy education is undermined in literacy education in Fiji. Despite being a critical component of literacy education, scientific literacy is given lip service in the primary school curriculum. Scientific literacy is a critical 21st century skill for all citizens. This conceptual paper argues for an explicit emphasis on scientific literacy education in primary schools. Literacy definitions in some policy documents are explored and critically appraised in relation to scientific literacy needs. The paper further suggests an integrated approach to teaching through the use of quality texts in order to advance scientific literacy development in Fiji especially in the lower primary. The discussions in this paper has policy and research implications relevant to literacy education in Fiji and other jurisdiction, especially in developing contexts.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
    Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 14:22
    Last Modified: 10 Sep 2018 10:29

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