Exploring the recontextualisation of biology in the CAPS for Life Sciences

  • Kathryn Johnson UKZN
  • Edith Dempster UKZN
  • Wayne Hugo UKZN


This study is concerned with the recontextualisation of biology in the most recent version of
the South African Life Sciences curriculum, the CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy
Statements). The following aspects of the curriculum were assessed: the balance of
canonical and humanistic material, the inclusion and weighting of the core concepts of
biology, and the overall curriculum coherence. The results were compared with those for
earlier versions of the curriculum, and the implications for South African students are
considered. The study reveals that, according to these criteria, the content material of the
CAPS faithfully reflects the hierarchical nature of its parent discipline biology

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