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'Adding Zest' to Science Education



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'Adding Zest' to Science Education by Elisabeth Settelmaier
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It seems a habit of our time to lament about the state of the world and simultaneously profess that there is nothing we, as individuals, can do about it. In this auto/ethnographic study, Elisabeth challenges this view on the basis that science teachers in particular seem in a unique position to raise students' awareness of problematic issues in relation to the world around them by providing them with necessary knowledge. Sound knowledge however, does not equate with positive attitude: providing students with factual knowledge alone might thus be insufficient for enabling them to participate in the public discourse on making the world a 'better place'. Given the pervading influence of science on our daily lives, this discourse must include a focus on science, scientific research and its uses. Traditionally science has often been taught without addressing ethical questions. Elisabeth argues that the inclusion of a discourse on ethical issues into science classrooms might open an avenue for science educators to offer students opportunities for practising engagement as future decision makers by learning to reflect critically and collaboratively on their attitudes, beliefs and values.
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April 10th, 2009
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black & white illustrations
VDM Verlag
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