This research study analyzes innovative trends in the National Curriculum of
Physics at the Secondary level and compares the same curriculum with the
curricula of three academically advanced countries namely Turkey, Malaysia
and UK. The study aims to examine the policy objectives of the National
Curriculum in Physics at the Secondary level and explores its strengths and
weaknesses, ending in recommendations for the removal of these weaknesses.
The study practiced mixed-methods designed. The primary data were collected
through interviews held with key informants and opinionnaires fielded to
subject teachers. Review of literature and reliable documents along with the
curricula of three developed countries furnished Secondary data for the study.
Qualitative and quantitative treatments were given for analysis of the data.
The outcomes of the research study highlight that objectives of curricula in
Malaysia, Turkey and UK are more comprehensive than Pakistan. These
curricula contain latest and novel concepts. The present curriculum likewise
needs to instill the tendency for analytical and critical examination of facts at
any circumstance in students. The existing examination system is, therefore,
not appropriate as it measures only the lowest domain of learning i.e. rote
learning. In order to discourage rote learning, textbooks of Physics at the
Secondary level need revision to promote creativity.
1-Tariq Mehmud PhD Scholar (Education), Sarhad University of Science & Information Technology, Peshawar,
KP, Pakistan.2-Muhammad Iqbal Professor, Department of Education, Sarhad University of Science & Information Technology,
Peshawar, KP, Pakistan.
New Trends, National Curriculum, Secondary Level Physics