Syllabi in the science subjects, biology, chemistry and physics at lower and general upper
secondary school are compared in the light of their underlying philosophies, goals,
objectives and recognized importance in science teaching. Even though all syllabi were
prepared within the same framework, great differences among syllabi concerning practical
work are evident. More importance is given to practical work in the syllabi of chemistry
and physics, where it is recognized as a basic method, while in the biology syllabus the
construction of concepts is valued much higher.