Improving Science Education
Distributed for The National Society for the Study of Education
This volume offers educators and researchers a glimpse at what peers from around the world have done to help science students achieve high levels of success. The introduction is a concise account of worldwide reform movements, from modernizations in the 1950s that dramatically improved the teaching of chemistry and physics to such changes in the 1980s as the emphasis on the learning-to-learn approach and the trend toward using social issues as a vehicle for teaching science.
The nine essays survey topics that include teaching inquiry skills and other techniques to foster a joy of science; creating an understanding of real-world applications of science; managing course instruction with computers; encouraging teachers to adopt new styles of teaching; cross-national comparisons of science achievement; and the differences between boys and girls in attitude, learning, and degree of participation.
Board of Directors of the Society, 1994-95; the Committee for the Series on
Contemporary Educational Issues; Contributors to This Volume
1: Introduction and Overview
Herbert J. Walberg, Barry J. Fraser.
2: Science Curricula in a Changing World
John Keeves, Glen Aikenhead.
3: Students' Conceptions and Constructivist Teaching
Reinders Duit, David Treagust.
4: Instructional Strategies
Avi Hofstein, Herbert J. Walberg.
5: Student Assessment and Curriculum Evaluation
Wayne W. Welch
6: Classroom Learning Environments
Barry J. Fraser, Theo Wubbels.
7: Teacher Change and the Assessment of Teacher Performance
8: Use of Computers
Tjeerd Plomp, Joke Voogt.
9: Gender Equity
Lesley Parker, Leonie Rennie, Jan Harding.
10: Cross-National Comparisons of Outcomes in Science Education