TI-AIE: Community approaches: science education and environmental issues

What this unit is about

Community approaches to science education focus on relating the accepted science concepts and facts to the problems facing society. They will help your students to understand the causes and consequences of environmental problems at local, national and global levels. This approach to science education is also called science, technology, society and environment (STSE) education.

In this approach, the students are encouraged to understand issues that impact on everyday life and make responsible decisions about how to address such issues. You will learn techniques to increase your students’ abilities to link scientific theories to contemporary issues such as the development and use of genetically modified (GM) crops. The aim is to help your students become informed citizens in a democratic society.

This unit will help you to develop strategies that you can use in your classroom to promote informed discussion about these important contemporary issues.

What you can learn in this unit