A Vision for Science Education: Responding to the Work of Peter Fensham

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Roger Cross
Psychology Press, 2003 - Education - 218 pages
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One of the most important and consistent voices in the reform of science education over the last thirty years has been that of Peter Fensham. His vision of a democratic and socially responsible science education for all has inspired change in schools and colleges throughout the world. Often moving against the tide, Fensham travelled the world to promote his radical ideology. He was appointed Australia's first Professor of Science Education, and was later made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his work in this new and emerging field of study.
In this unique book, leading science educators from around the world examine and discuss Fensham's key ideas. Each describes how his arguments, proposals and recommendations have affected their own practice, and extend and modify his message in light of current issues and trends in science education. The result is a vision for the future of science teaching internationally.
Academics, researchers and practitioners in science education around the world will find this book a fascinating insight into the life and work of one of the foremost pioneers in science education. The book will also make inspiring reading for postgraduate students of science education.
 

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Contents

Peter James Fensham 1927
1
Living the dream Peter James Fensham social justice and science education
3
Science for all
15
Science for all Learnercentred science
17
Making science matter
37
Science for All Reflections from Indonesia
51
Science technology and society Learning for the modern world
57
STS education A rose by any other name
59
Politics of the science curriculum
129
Partners or opponents The role of academic scientists in secondary science education
131
Perspectives and possibilities in the politics of science curriculum
139
Peter Fenshams reform agenda The vision thing
153
Visions research and school practice
155
Changing the script for science teaching
170
Peter Fenshams impact on science education in Australia and science education research around the world
185
Impact of science education now and in the future
187

The UK and the movement for science technology and society STS education
76
Gender in science teaching
91
Science for all? Science for girls? Which girls?
93
Understanding gender differences in science education Peter Fenshams contribution
102
The theory and practice of science teaching
115
Fenshams lodestar criterion
117
The importance of being able to see the big picture A personal appraisal of Fenshams influence on science education research and development
195
A new centre for research on science curriculum
206
Selected publications
210
Index
215
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Roger Cross is a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of nine books, including Fallout: Hedley Marston and the British Bomb Tests in Australia. Avon Hudson is a long-time campaigner for a just solution to the human problems caused by the British atomic bomb tests in Australia.

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