1st Edition

Debates in Science Education

ISBN 9780415658294
Published December 17, 2013 by Routledge
246 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

USD $60.95

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Book Description

What are the key debates in science teaching and learning today?

Debates in Science Education explores the major issues all science teachers encounter in their daily professional lives. It encourages critical reflection and aims to stimulate both novice and experienced teachers to think more deeply about their practice, and link research and evidence to what they have observed in schools.

Written by expert science educators, chapters tackle established and contemporary issues enabling you to reach informed judgements and argue your point of view with deeper theoretical knowledge and understanding. Each chapter is supported and extended by carefully selected further reading and reflective questions.

Key debates include:

  • the impact of policy on science education;
  • transition from primary to secondary school;
  • getting right the secondary science curriculum;
  • girls in science;
  • sex education and science;
  • school science and technology;
  • language and communication in the classroom;
  • world science, local science.

With its combination of expert opinion and fresh insight, Debates in Science Education is the ideal companion for any student or practising teacher engaged in initial training, continuing professional development and Masters level study.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Introducing the debates Mike Watts Section 1: Policy debates 2. 'Science for all’ or Science education for the good of all? Keith S. Taber 3. Government Policy: Can short-term strategies bring long-term change? Chris Lloyd-Staples 4. Girls in Science: Who puts up the barriers? Joanne Cole 5. Improving Primary to Secondary Transition: ‘Now let’s teach them properly’ Mick Allen 6. The Secondary Science Curriculum: A grey and dreary landscape? Rob Toplis Section 2: Classroom debates 7. Online Gaming and Digital Fantasy for Scientific Literacy Nic Crowe 8. Language and Communication in the Science Classroom Susan Rodrigues 9. Questions and Inquiry in Science, ‘No questions, no learning?’ Helena Pedrosa-de-Jesus and Sara Leite 10. Explanations and Explaining in Science: You can’t force people to understand Mike Watts 11. Science Education through Contexts: Is it worth the effort? John K. Gilbert Section 3: Subject debates 12. Are Science Teachers Immune to Reflective Practice? Richard Malthouse and Jodi Roffey-Barentsen 13. School Science and Technology David Barlex and Marion Rutland 14. Sex Education and Science Neil Taylor, Frances Quinn and Judy Miller 15. The mystery of the body and the laboratory Steve Alsop 16. World Science, local science Peeranut Kanhadilok Section 4: Postscript 17. Decisions and time to take sides Mike Watts

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Mike Watts is Professor of Education in the School of Sport and Education, Brunel University, UK.