The Scientific Inquiry in the Standard of the Primary Science Curriculum in China C the Intended and the Reality

Authors: Cai, Qiyong 1 and Fatin Aliah Phang binti Abdullah 2

Affiliation: 1Department of Life and Chemistry, Chongqing Education College Chongqing, 400067, P. R. China 2 Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ, UK.

Abstract: This is an important article in providing a clear introduction to the standard of the primary science curriculum in China. The aim of a primary science curriculum is to cultivate scientific attainment among the youngest groups of students. In teaching and learning science, scientific inquiry should be made the most important part of the process, so that it will develop the attitude of making science, loving science and applying science. This will produce pupils who can master scientific knowledge and skills; possess positive scientific attitude, value and perception; and widen their understanding of the nature of science. As a result, this can promote and develop the scientific attainment and achieve the targets of science education. To ensure deeper understanding of the primary science curriculum in China, this article will present the aims of scientific inquiry, curriculum structure and contents, pedagogical recommendations and suggestions for evaluation. However, after seven years of implementation, have China achieved these intended new curriculum?

Key words:Science education, science curriculum, primary science, scientific inquiry, Chinese education .

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