1 Course overview
In this course we'll be concerned with what type of science forms the basis of science education, and for what purpose. You'll explore these issues by reading the text that follows and by tackling the activities that are included; there are also a number of readings. In the latter part of this course (Sections 10–14) we'll consider some of the practical problems involved in delivering an effective curriculum in science and look at key questions relevant to all three educational tiers – primary, secondary and tertiary. Before that we need to think about what constitutes science, so this is our first port of call.
My aim in the early sections of the course is to convince you that the simple issue of what type of science is taught and learnt is both engaging and problematic and to offer some pointers to the future. Thinking these issues through in a more critical and informed way will help us address some of the practical problems of delivering science which are highlighted in Sections 10–14 and raise questions about the feasibility of radical change in current educational practice.