The Development of Primary Science Education in Trinidad and Tobago
The position of science at the primary level became established in 1956, when the elementary school syllabus contained a section of Nature Study. The aims and objectives of this syllabus were: children should be able to recognize and know by their popular names the common wild flowers, grasses, trees, birds, insects, animals and fishes; they should be concerned with the preservation of natural beauty and abhor wonton destruction and vandalism; they should imbibe ideas of kindness to animals; they should above all be left with feelings of awe and reverence for the wonderful works of nature. The syllabus was content-oriented and required a great deal of rote memorization on the part of the student. This syllabus was replaced by a General Science Syllabus in 1975.
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