1st Edition

The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Science Education

ISBN 9780415327787
Published December 11, 2003 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

This Reader brings together a wide range of material to present an international perspective on topical issues in science education today. In order to identify what themes should be addressed in the book, thirty-eight science educators from around the world responded to the question: 'What issues are currently important in science education in your country?' The outcome is this lively and authoritative Reader, which features topics as varied as:

  • globalisation
  • assessment
  • pupil's views on science education
  • environmental education
  • teaching approaches
  • teacher development
  • multimedia and ICT
  • constructivism.

With a specially written introduction from the editor, providing a much-needed context to the current education climate, students of science education will find this Reader an important route map to further reading and understanding.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Science Education: Global or National Part 1: Some Pressure Being Exerted on Science Education  1. Globalization and Education: An Introduction  2. Science Education and Economic Development: Trends, Relationships and Research Agenda  3. Science Literacy  Part 2: Maintaining a Continuity of Achievement in Science Education  4. Conceptual Change: A Powerful Framework for Improving Science Teaching and Learning  5. Teacher Talk and Meaning Making in Science Classrooms: A Vygotskian Analysis and Review  6. The Place of Argumentation in the Pedagogy of School Science  7. Interactive Media and Model-based Learning in Biology  8. Constructivism Examined  Part 3: Trends in Science Education at National Level  9. Science Communication with the Public: A Cross-cultural Event  10. The Interaction of Student's Scientific and Religious Discourses: Two Case Studies  11. The PLUS Factors of Family Science  12. Purposes  Part 4: Some Initatives from within Science Education  13. Time for Action: Science Education for an Alternative Future  14. Mutualism: A Different Agenda for Environmental and Science Education  15. The Case For the Use of Animals in Medical Experiments & The Case Against the Use of Animals in Medical Experiments  Part 5: Managing Change in Science Education  16. Planning, Doing and Coping with Change  17. A Model for Achieving Teacher Development  18. Action Research

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'This reader achieves a great deal in presenting a set of key readings that give a good flavour of the range of scholarship in science education.' - Physical Sciences Educational Reviews