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What challenges do science teachers faces when teaching science?

  1. Jun 29, 2015 #1
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    what challenges do science teacher face in teaching science.
     
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  3. Jun 29, 2015 #2

    Orodruin

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    You need to be more specific with your question. What kinds of challenges are you referring to? What are your thoughts?
     
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  5. Jun 29, 2015 #4

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    The main challenge is getting the students interested!
     
  6. Jun 29, 2015 #5
    Getting students to pay attention to concepts that can be tedious and figuring out how to present it so that they don't get bored.
     
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    You do realise that this is not in any way clarifying your question? You need to specify what types of challenges you are referring to. If not the question is too vague to lead to any kind of constructive discussion.
     
  8. Jun 29, 2015 #7

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    Science teacher for which students? For example, in Canada (the country in which I live) there are the groups:

    1) elementary school, ages 5 - 13;
    2) high school, ages 14 - 17;
    3) college and university.
     
  9. Jun 29, 2015 #8

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    Without more information, it is really not possible to give any kind of meaningful answer to this. There are challenges involved in the teaching of science ranging all the way from simple disinterest to religious fundamentalism telling students that evolution is "just a theory" or that Earth is only 6000 years old.
     
  10. Jun 29, 2015 #9

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    How the school assigns teacher to subject - strong for the teacher or weak for the teacher (you want to teach XY but the school does not need you for that but want you to teach WZ).
     
  11. Jun 30, 2015 #10

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    To get students to quit being so damn vague.
     
  12. Jul 5, 2015 #11
    Big challenges:

    Lack of resources for good labs.

    Lack of student attention for good labs.

    Students wanting to pass without studying or working hard.

    Students with weak math backgrounds in physics and chemistry.
     
  13. Jul 5, 2015 #12
    I don't see challenges in science different from any other subject wrt interest. Students are interested or not in any subject to start. So one has to develop that interest if not present. You need to know what a good teaching is all about. One element is engagement. Getting the student to buy into the subject. Getting the student to realize why it is worth expending his/her time and effort to learn that subject. Another basic element of teaching is credibility. The students needs to know that you have a command of the subject. Those who are asked to teach a subject for which they are not fully prepared will fail.

    That said, as stated above, science does require more resources than liberal arts.and failure to commit the this need can hamper ones success in teaching science. Science for the younger students is direct interaction with nature. The schools inability to come up with adequate resources can be ameliorated by creativity e.g. finding less costly ways of providing the experience. Ultimately it will be the ability of the teacher to determine the needs and issues and execute the solutions. But what ever you do or are you will not be universally successful.
     
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