Exploring Turkish Upper Primary Level Science Texbooks’ Coverage of Scientific Literacy Themes

Ass. Prof. Dr., Trakya University, Faculty of Education, Edirne Turkey.


Problem Statement: Since the 1970s, scientific literacy has been a major goal of national educational systems throughout the world, and thus reform movements in science education call for all students to be scientifically literate. Despite some good curricular changes and developments across the globe, much remains to be achieved. Given that textbooks play a critical role in the teaching/learning process at all educational levels, their analysis is crucially important to support the recent science education reforms.

Purpose of Study: In this study, the four upper primary level science textbooks were analyzed to determine the inclusion of four themes of scientific literacy: (a) science as a body of knowledge, (b) science as a way of investigating, (c) science as a way of thinking, and (d) the interaction among science, technology, and society (STS).

Keywords: Scientific literacy, science textbooks, textbook analysis, upper primary level.