Strengthening Science Education in Sri Lanka

Aturupane, Harsha ; Dissanayake, Visaka ; Jayewardene, Romaine ; Shojo, Mari ; Sonnadara, Upul

In: Discussion Paper Series, Bd. 45 (2011). Washington, D.C., International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank 2011

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Scientific literacy is essential to stimulate an environment conducive to new knowledge generation, discovery and innovation. A quality school science education is central to building a scientifically literate population. Science education in Sri Lanka has progressed both quantitatively and qualitatively since the 1950s. Access to science education has grown steadily. This paper addresses the challenges to providing a good science education and considers pathways to the future. Policy initiatives supporting science education at present are considered. The science programme in schools is reviewed taking into account parameters such as curriculum, teaching and learning methods, learning assessments, teaching material and deployment and training of science teachers. First, learning achievements in science are assessed in the context of test scores in national assessments administered at grade eight. It is assumed that the national examinations are a suitable instrument to test learning outcomes and that at least in part reflect the quality of education.

Document type: Book
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015
Number of Pages: 42
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Education
Controlled Keywords: Sri Lanka, Schulbildung, Naturwissenschaften
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sri Lanka, Schule, Bildung, Naturwissenschaft / Sri Lanka, School, Education, Natural Science
Subject (classification): Education and Research
Countries/Regions: Sri Lanka
Additional Information: © World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO