Education-oriented Physics-Chemistry for Universities

The shortage of well-qualified Science teachers is discussed, and possible contributing factors are mentioned. The need for an education-oriented university education in Physics and Chemistry, parallel to the existing courses in Physics and Chemistry, is justified. At the University of Zululand a su...

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Published in: Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir natuurwetenskap en tegnologie Vol. 4; no. 3; pp. 98 - 103
Main Author: Spoelstra, B
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: South African Journal of Science and Technology 03-18-1985
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Summary: The shortage of well-qualified Science teachers is discussed, and possible contributing factors are mentioned. The need for an education-oriented university education in Physics and Chemistry, parallel to the existing courses in Physics and Chemistry, is justified. At the University of Zululand a subject called “Physical Science” (“Natuurwetenskap”) was established, bearing in mind the specific requirements of a teaching career in Physical Science at secondary level. “Physical Science” is offered at second and third year level and the syllabus covers equal amounts of Chemistry and Physics. A less formal-mathematical and more descriptive approach is followed, and as wide a field as possible is covered which includes new developments in the physical sciences. We believe that this new course will enhance the training of well-prepared teachers of Physical Science for secondary schools, where a severe shortage prevails. Special reference is made here to the situation in Black schools.
ISSN: 0254-3486
2222-4173
DOI: 10.4102/satnt.v4i3.1038