Connecting Girls and Science: Constructivism, Feminism, and Science Education Reform

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Teachers College Press, 2002 - Education - 168 pages
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Connecting Girls and Science shows readers the powerful results that can occur in secondary science classrooms when students' interest and curiosity about science are brought firmly to the center of the curriculum. In particular, author Elaine Howes demonstrates how girls can become more interested in learning science when such topics as pregnancy, childbirth, or sexism in science are included in classroom discussions. By listening to the concerns and interests of the students and using their input to help fashion a responsive science curriculum, Howes shows us how to reconnect students to science. Furthermore, ifnbsp; topics of particular interest to female students are stressed, Howes believes that it is not only possible to inspire girls to love science, but also to eradicate traditional gender divisions that may keep female students from pursuing careers in science.
  

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Contents

Dual Influences Where Science Education Reform and Feminism Converge
11
SCIENCE EDUCATION REFORM
12
REVIEW OF FEMINIST PEDAGOGY
15
STRANDS OF FEMINIST THEORY USED IN ANALYSIS
22
LISTENING AS PEDAGOGY AND RESEARCH
30
CONNECTIONS BETWEEN FEMINISM AND SCIENCE EDUCATION REFORM
39
Studying Prenatal Testing Connection and Alienation
42
CONNECTING GIRLS AND SCIENCE
43
To Be a Good Scientist Science and Social Responsibility
102
KIDMARK C SCIENCE AND SOCIAL VALUES
103
LEARNING FROM STUDENTS ABOUT SCIENCE AS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
111
Genuine Conversation Through Studying Bioethics
115
GENUINE CONVERSATION AND FEMINIST CRITICAL PEDAGOGY
116
SCIENCE EDUCATION AND FEMINIST CRITICAL PEDAGOGY
119
THE TEACHERS ROLE
120
Listening as Pedagogy and Research
143

PRIVILEGE AND ESSENTIALISM
44
TEACHING GENETICS THROUGH STUDIES OF PRENATAL TESTING
46
CONNECTION ANDOR ALIENATION
50
TWO MODELS FOR LISTENING TO GIRLS
66
To Be a Good Scientist Objectivity and Empathy
69
SCIENCE AS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
72
TEACHING SCIENCE AS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
74
KIDMARK A SCIENCE AND OBJECTIVITY
76
A VIRTUE NOT VALUED IN THE SCIENTIFIC ENTERPRISE
85
TEACHING AND LISTENING
144
WELCOMING UNCERTAINTY
149
NOTES ON MY EXPERIENCE OF TEACHER RESEARCH
150
Notes
153
References
155
Index
163
About the Author
168
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