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CAMUS, Patricio A. Science and Evolution Education in Chile: Functional Problems and Conficts between Teaching and Learning. Gayana (Concepc.) [online]. 2009, vol.73, suppl.1, pp.19-31. ISSN 0717-652X.

In Chile, high school (secondary) and university undergraduate levels, and their connection, are the most sensitive points of science education in biology and evolution, which was seriously depressed at the end of the 20th century. Nonetheless, we face today a favourable transitional scenario where three converging factors are able to foster science literacy in a wide sense: a new high school curriculum including a strong biological component, with emphasis on evolution and ecology; a reactivation of university formation of secondary pedagogues; and a growing scientifc development in the feld of evolutionary biology. However, these factors are still weakly connected, and strengthening their articulation might improve signifcantly the feedback between all components of the Chilean educational system, helping to solve some dialectic conficts between teaching and learning that originate at different hierarchical levels of the same system. The reinforcement of interdisciplinarity between biology and pedagogy in the process of formation of new teachers would be a key factor, because the high school teacher turns to be the cornerstone of the educational system, in addition playing a crucial role in the initial formation of the future scientists.

Palabras clave : Biology; curriculum; high school; pedagogy; science literacy.

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