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The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Science Education

1st Edition

Edited by John Gilbert


296 pages

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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.


'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

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

About the Series

RoutledgeFalmer Readers in Education

This authoritative series of Readers provides a rich resource of some of the most influential chapters and articles from leading books and journals within education. Each Reader offers undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to review and reflect upon the key issues they face in their studies. Introduced and edited by some of the leading figures in their fields, these Readers are a lively and informative route map to further reading and understanding, making them an ideal course companion.

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