Science is a reflection of humankind’s continuing search for understanding about ourselves and our changing physical, technological and biological environment. Rightly interpreted and understood, science is consistent with ultimate truth which is embodied in God, who is as yet only glimpsed by people. The scientific method encompasses a set of processes which facilitates the systematic acquisition and refinement of data. These processes enable us to make generalizations and predictions. Science enriches the way we view life. It involves attitudes and values and a way of thinking about our interaction with our environment and with God.
Science as taught at Prescott College Southern provides opportunities for students to develop an appreciation of the beauty inherent in God’s creation. Students have the opportunity to experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them. Science is recognised as a valuable pursuit in its own right.
With regard to practical applications of science, students develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes; the practices used to develop scientific knowledge; of science’s contribution to our culture and society; and its applications in our lives. The Science program at Prescott College Southern supports students in developing the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills required to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.
Science at Prescott College Southern seeks to imbue the following attitudes and skills among all of its student body at age and ability appropriate levels while also promoting equity and excellence:
An interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live and their place in creation;
- An interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live and their place in creation;
- An understanding of the vision that science provides of the nature of living things, of Earth and its place in the cosmos, and of the physical and chemical processes that explain the behaviour of all material things;
- An understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods, including questioning; planning and conducting experiments and investigations based on ethical principles; collecting and analysing data; evaluating results; and drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions;
- An ability to communicate scientific understanding and findings to a range of audiences, to justify ideas on the basis of evidence, and to evaluate and debate scientific arguments and claims;
- An ability to solve problems and make informed, evidence-based decisions about current and future applications of science while taking into account ethical and social implications of decisions;
- An understanding of historical and cultural contributions to science as well as contemporary science issues and activities and an understanding of the diversity of careers related to science;
- A solid foundation of knowledge of the biological, chemical, physical, earth and space sciences, including being able to select and integrate the scientific knowledge and methods needed to explain and predict phenomena, to apply that understanding to new situations and events, and to appreciate the dynamic nature of science knowledge.
Integral to the way science is taught at Prescott College Southern are the recognised values for Adventist Schools of excellence; compassion; humility; respect; integrity; justice; discernment; responsibility; and hope.