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Earth Sciences Teaching Difficulties in Secondary School: A Teacher’s Point of View

LIRDIST, Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Research in Didactics of Sciences and Technology, Faculty of Sciences Dhar Mahraz, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, BP 2626, Fes 30000, Morocco
EREF, Team Education Research and Training, ENS, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech 40130, Morocco
Laboratory of Scientific Research and Pedagogical Development, Regional Center for Education and Training, Region of Fes-Meknes, Meknes B.P. 50010, Morocco
Georges Chevrier Center (CGC), University of Burgundy, BP 21000 Dijon, France
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Educ. Sci. 2019, 9(3), 243;
Received: 21 August 2019 / Revised: 10 September 2019 / Accepted: 11 September 2019 / Published: 18 September 2019
The teaching of Earth Sciences (ES) is particularly delicate and seems to be problematic for both learners and Moroccan teachers for multiple reasons. Based on this observation, this study aims at identifying the difficulties related to the teaching of ES by exploring the points of view of the Moroccan teachers toward this field. As an investigative tool, we used a questionnaire and semi-directive interviews with nearly 122 secondary school teachers of Life and Earth Sciences (LES). The results of our survey revealed that the major difficulties that hinder the teaching of natural sciences are mainly related to the teachers’ university studies. Most of them had training in biology as well as in the relationship that the natural sciences maintain within time and space, the limited abstraction capacity of unmotivated learners, and the inadequacy of their prerequisites in these sciences. On the other hand, they were aware of the demotivating geological knowledge taught to the learners and the lack of initial and continuous training for teachers, especially for those who specialized in natural sciences. View Full-Text
Keywords: teachers; earth sciences; difficulties; secondary teachers; earth sciences; difficulties; secondary
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Chakour, R.; Alami, A.; Selmaoui, S.; Eddif, A.; Zaki, M.; Boughanmi, Y. Earth Sciences Teaching Difficulties in Secondary School: A Teacher’s Point of View. Educ. Sci. 2019, 9, 243.

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