NATURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION ACTUALITY RETROSPECTIVE
Authors: Vincentas Lamanauskas
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Natural science and technology education (NSTE) is reasonably considered one of the most important components of general education. What is more, natural science and technology education of young generation is an important guarantor of all society welfare. The importance of natural science and technology education is undoubted. Over the last two or three decades, attention to natural science and technology education in various countries has been increasing. On the one hand, science and technology development has encouraged this, on the other hand, the declining young generation interest in natural science and technologies has been observed. Besides, various scientific research have been conducted in this sphere, plenty of various projects have been implemented, modern ICT have been developed, etc. However, very often the expected effect, first of all, in a qualitative sense is hardly imaginative. An exhaustive scientific-didactic revision is necessary, a certain inspection, which would allow to reflect on both the achievements, and current problems or the emerging new challenges.
Over the first half of 2017, various scientific events related to NSTE problems have taken place at both national and international level. This shows that the interest in NSTE actualities is not declining. In a rapidly changing social-economic-technological context, natural science technology education of a young generation remains the priority task of education system. Our society is facing more and more complex problems that remain to be solved for future generations. All this requires qualitatively new NSTE, new natural science and technological education approaches (e.g., interdisciplinary/integrated teaching (learning), natural science competence development in green learning areas, education organisation outside the classroom or school, self-learning and other non-formal natural science education forms and so on.).