A global dimension to science education in schools
A global dimension to science education in schools

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A global dimension to science education in schools

1.3.2 Exploring other activities

After trying Activity 3 you may want to explore some of the other resources given or even develop your own, in which case the Global Dimension section of the ASE site or the New Scientist online may be helpful starting points.

One way of bringing global science into the classroom is by using ‘off-the-shelf’ activities that:

  • exemplify curriculum content – for example, iron was extracted from its ore in a precursor of the blast furnace 2000 years ago in Tanzania;

  • extend curriculum content – for example, when studying fuels, consider the work of United Arab Emirates’ scientists who are developing fuels for diesel engines from jojoba plant oil (go to http://www.planet-science.com, select Sci-Teach, then scroll down, click on 'hot topics' and find on the map the University of the United Arab Emirates);

  • help to deliver ‘Ideas and Evidence’ ;

  • provide new contexts for scientific enquiry, such as designing a fair test to test a new HIV/AIDS vaccine.

Of course, it is vital to avoid perpetuating negative cultural and racial stereotypes. For advice on this, please see TeachGlobal under ‘Courses B and E’.

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