Science Education For Citizenship

McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
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This innovative book explores the effective teaching and learning of issues relating to the impact of science in society. Research case studies are used to examine the advantages and problems as science teachers try new learning approaches, including ethical analysis, use of media-reports, peer-group decision-making discussions and community projects.
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Mary Ratcliffe is a senior lecturer in Science Education at the University of Southampton, teaching on PCGE, Masters and research programmes. Prior to this she taught chemistry and science in schools in East Anglia. Her research interests are in pupils' and teachers' reactions to socio-scientific issues, the understanding of the nature of science and the development of effective learning and assessment practice.

Marcus Grace is a lecturer in Science Education and Environmental Education at the University of Southampton, teaching on undergraduate, PCGE and Masters programmes. Prior to this he taught biology and science at schools in London. His main research interests are in young people's knowledge and views on biological conservation issues, and the science underpinning education for biodiversity, sustainability and citizenship.
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McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
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Published on
Jul 1, 2003
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Pages
190
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ISBN
9780335227549
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English
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Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology
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