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Volume :17 Issue : 65 2002      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Scientific Literacy in Science Textbooks in Kuwaiti Primary and Intermediate Stages: An Analytical Study

Auther : Saleh A. Jasim

The study explores the inclusion of scientific literacy dimensions in science textbooks in Kuwaiti primary and intermediate stages, referring them to cognitive levels: cognizance, comprehension, exploration and practice. A special tool is designed for such purpose, used in content anaylsis after ensuring validity and reliability, The eight science textbooks are subjected to such analysis in the academic year 98-99.

Findings indicate that:

1#Referring the frequency of concerned items to number of pages for each book in the primary stage, the percentage is (9.2). This is considered very low compared to the criterion stated by specialists (20%).

2#As for the intermediate stage, the percentage is (9.5), again very low compared to (30%) the criterion percentage.

Results are discussed in relation to other studies and in accordance with the eight dimensions of scientific literacy. Some recommendations are cited as to procedures to be taken in developing such textbooks and training concerned teachers.

 

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