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Changes in Science Education
Providing an overview of current issues in UK science education, Changes in Science Education is a free course that examines what type of science the curriculum should cover and for what purpose. It will introduce you to the practical problems of delivering an effective science curriculum, touching upon particular questions at all three educational tiers - primary, secondary and tertiary.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of problems associated with defining the Nature of Science
- write in an informed way about the purposes of compulsory science education
- be aware of the educational complications and implications associated with the phrase ‘the public understanding of science’
- show an ability to comment critically on curriculum proposals that aim to promote science citizenship/scientific literacy
- provide examples of how specific scientific understanding might be used by lay individuals in a practical context.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Course overview
- 2 What is science?
- 3 Problems of teaching the Nature of Science
- 4 Who is science education for?
- 5 Education for democracy?
- 6 The public understanding of science
- 7 A way ahead? – Beyond 2000
- 8 What are the chances that scientific literacy will prevail?
- 9 Evidence of progress?
- 10 ‘Science for all?’ A look at some contexts
- 11 Primary science
- 12 Science in secondary schools
- 13 Post-compulsory science education
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20 hours study
Level 2: Intermediate
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