A Vision for Science Education

Author: Roger Cross
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134441592
Format: PDF, Mobi
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One of the most important and consistent voices in the reform of science education over the last thirty years has been that of Peter Fensham. His vision of a democratic and socially responsible science education for all has inspired change in schools and colleges throughout the world. Often moving against the tide, Fensham travelled the world to promote his radical ideology. He was appointed Australia's first Professor of Science Education, and was later made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his work in this new and emerging field of study. In this unique book, leading science educators from around the world examine and discuss Fensham's key ideas. Each describes how his arguments, proposals and recommendations have affected their own practice, and extend and modify his message in light of current issues and trends in science education. The result is a vision for the future of science teaching internationally. Academics, researchers and practitioners in science education around the world will find this book a fascinating insight into the life and work of one of the foremost pioneers in science education. The book will also make inspiring reading for postgraduate students of science education.

Exploring the Landscape of Scientific Literacy

Author: Cedric Linder
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136911758
Format: PDF, ePub
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Scientific literacy is part of national science education curricula worldwide. In this volume, an international group of distinguished scholars offer new ways to look at the key ideas and practices associated with promoting scientific literacy in schools and higher education. The goal is to open up the debate on scientific literacy, particularly around the tension between theoretical and practical issues related to teaching and learning science. Uniquely drawing together and examining a rich, diverse set of approaches and policy and practice exemplars, the book takes a pragmatic and inclusive perspective on curriculum reform and learning, and presents a future vision for science education research and practice by articulating a more expansive notion of scientific literacy.

Education Studies

Author: Stephen Ward
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134357672
Format: PDF
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Written specifically for students on Education Studies degree courses, yet also relevant for students on teacher training courses, Education Studies: A Student's Guide introduces a wide range of topics and issues, from knowledge and learning, and policy and schooling to the ways in which education is a force for change across the globe. The book is split into three comprehensive sections which challenge our assumptions about education. It explores a wide range of perspectives on education in different countries and cultures, provides critiques of current policies and practice and analyzes learning and the nature of knowledge itself. Specific topics covered include: the global dimension in the curriculum cultural and religious plurality in education the effective teacher gender and educational achievement special educational needs and inclusion in mainstream schools ICT and learning for the future language, power and education. With chapter summaries, questions for discussion and reflection and suggestions for further reading, Education Studies: A Student's Guide will be a valuable resource for all students of Education Studies as well as BEd and PGCE students.

Science Education

Author: James F Donnelly
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761964445
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Who wants to change school science education and why? What mechanisms exist to effect change? What implications do they have for teachers' professionalism? These are the principal questions explored in this book. The authors focus on strategies for effecting change, including decentralized and statutory mechanisms, and the use of systems of assessment. The authors question the effectiveness of centralized programmes in improving the quality of students' science education. They suggest that this arises from a failure to acknowledge the contribution that the science teaching profession must make to reform. They argue that sustained and effective change, embodying improvements in standards, depends upon promoting the initiativ

They Don t Tell the Truth about the Wind

Author: Marilyn Fleer
ISBN: 9781863662628
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A child-centred program for science education in early childhood and primary school. Eighteen units introduce children to topics such as energy and fuel, how materials change, heat and energy, light and electricity, outer space and working scientifically. Each unit extends from three to six weeks, and has a unifying theme, with a story, a problem, activities and children's questions. The authors are academics working in early childhood education and in science curriculum. The book was developed with support from the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Technology.