Debates In Science Education by Mike WattsDebates In Science Education by Mike Watts

Debates In Science Education

EditorMike Watts

Hardcover | December 13, 2013

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

Debates in Science Educationexplores 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 Educationis the ideal companion for any student or practising teacher engaged in initial training, continuing professional development and Masters level study.

Mike Wattsis Professor of Education in the School of Sport and Education, Brunel University, UK.
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Title:Debates In Science EducationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 13, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415658284

ISBN - 13:9780415658287

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Introducing the debatesMike WattsSection 1: Policy debates 2. 'Science for all' or Science education for the good of all?Keith S. Taber3. Government Policy: Can short-term strategies bring long-term change?Chris Lloyd-Staples4. Girls in Science: Who puts up the barriers?Joanne Cole5. Improving Primary to Secondary Transition: 'Now let's teach them properly'Mick Allen6. The Secondary Science Curriculum: A grey and dreary landscape?Rob ToplisSection 2: Classroom debates 7. Online Gaming and Digital Fantasy for Scientific LiteracyNic Crowe8. Language and Communication in the Science ClassroomSusan Rodrigues9. Questions and Inquiry in Science, 'No questions, no learning?'Helena Pedrosa-de-Jesus and Sara Leite10. Explanations and Explaining in Science: You can't force people to understandMike Watts11. Science Education through Contexts: Is it worth the effort?John K. GilbertSection 3: Subject debates 12. Are Science Teachers Immune to Reflective Practice?Richard Malthouse and Jodi Roffey-Barentsen13. School Science and TechnologyDavid Barlex and Marion Rutland14. Sex Education and ScienceNeil Taylor, Frances Quinn and Judy Miller15. The mystery of the body and the laboratorySteve Alsop16. World Science, local sciencePeeranut KanhadilokSection 4: Postscript 17. Decisions and time to take sidesMike Watts