Aims and Goals
The aim of Saskatchewan's K-12 science
education curricula is to enable all Saskatchewan students to develop
scientific literacy. Scientific literacy today embraces Euro-Canadian
and Indigenous heritages, both of which have developed an empirical and
rational knowledge of nature. A Euro-Canadian way of knowing about the
natural and constructed world is called science, while First Nations and
Métis ways of knowing nature are often called Indigenous Knowledge.
Diverse learning experiences based on the outcomes in science will
provide students with many opportunities to explore, analyze, evaluate,
synthesize, appreciate, and understand the interrelationships among
science, technology, society, and the environment (STSE) that will
affect their personal lives, their careers, and their future.
The goals are
broad statements identifying what students are expected to know and be
able to do upon completion of the learning in a particular area of
study, by the end of Grade 12. The four goals of K-12 science education
Understand the Nature of Science and STSE Interrelationships: Students
will develop an understanding of the nature of science and technology;
their interrelationships; and their social and environmental contexts,
including interrelationships between the natural and constructed world.
Construct Scientific Knowledge: Students
will construct an understanding of concepts, principles, laws, and
theories in life science, in physical science, in earth and space
science, and in Indigenous Knowledge of nature; and then apply these
understandings to interpret, integrate, and extend their knowledge.
Develop Scientific and Technological Skills:
Students will develop the skills required for scientific and
technological inquiry, problem solving, and communicating; for working
collaboratively; and for making informed decisions.
Develop Attitudes that Support Scientific Habits of Mind: Students
will develop attitudes that support the responsible acquisition and
application of scientific, technological, and Indigenous Knowledge to
the mutual benefit of self, society, and the environment.
-Government of Saskatchewan
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