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:
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
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