NATURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION: VALUES COMPONENT
Authors: Vincentas Lamanauskas
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One cannot doubt in the importance of Natural science and Technology education. Over the last two or three decades, attention to Natural science and Technology education has been significantly growing. On the one hand, science and technology development was encouraging this, on the other hand, one can observe a decreasing young generation interest in natural sciences and technologies. Paradoxical contrast – in technologically developed countries youth interest in natural sciences is significantly decreased. Completely different situation is in so-called developing countries. About such a situation a lot has been written, discussed, plenty of scientific research have been carried out and so on. It is obvious, that such a situation is determined by a great number of factors. However, in spite of this, education system has to change, to search for effective natural science and technology education forms and methods. The most important goal is suitable and adequate natural science and technology education of the young generation. However, what does suitable and adequate mean? What is suitability and adequacy content? Is it only quantitatively and qualitatively new knowledge and abilities? Conception, oriented only to pragmatics (only to knowledge, qualifications and/or competencies) in a certain sense is faulty. After all, some kind of competition goes, creating various education strategies and technologies. In other words, we are as if “lost” in the labyrinths of various theories, approaches, positions and attitudes and so on (Lamanauskas, 2015). A certain “resetting” is necessary, an audit of the current condition, an outline of perspective education development trends.