Development and Dilemmas in Science Education

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Peter J. Fensham
Psychology Press, 1988 - Education - 318 pages
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This book, written by science educators from nine countries, provides a summary of the strengths and weaknesses in practices of science education in schools, and of research in science education. It points out a number of directions that are likely to lead to improvements in the teaching and learning of science if applied in the future. Topics discussed include: (1) the history of science education reform from an international perspective; (2) the epistemology of science education; (3) science teaching; (4) how children learn; (5) primary school science; (6) constructivism and science education; (7) language; (8) the role of laboratories in science education; (9) gender issues in science education; and (10) science, technology, and society. (CW)
 

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Contents

Some Dilemmas and New Directions in Science Education
1
Chapter 2 What Counts as Science Education?
27
Chapter 3 Teachers in Science Education
55
Chapter 4 Learners in Science Education
73
Towards Understanding What the Primary School Science Learner Is Trying to Do
96
Chapter 6 Theory into Practice I
121
A Constructivist Approach to Curriculum Development
133
Chapter 8 Role of Language in Science Education
150
Chapter 10 Practical Work and Science Education II
189
Chapter 11 Gender and Science Education I
218
Chapter 12 Gender and Science Education II
249
Chapter 13 The Dilemma of Science Technology and Society Education
266
Chapter 14 Broadening the Aims of Physics Education
282
Notes on Contributors
306
Index
309
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Chapter 9 Practical Work and Science Education I
169

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