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ERIC Number: ED390641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Secondary School Biology for Social Relevance.
Meyer, G. Rex; And Others
Since the 1960's biology teaching in secondary schools has been transformed from a formal approach reflecting the structure of the discipline and mirroring the concerns of the scientific community to a broad-based approach reflecting the concerns of society as a whole. The aim of biology education today is to heighten awareness, improve students' self-image, understand the applications of biology in daily living, and promote participation in societal decision making in areas such as science policy and in other socially significant matters with a basis in biology. This book attempts to review aspects of this transformation and to describe exemplars and case studies of curriculum trends, teaching methods, and assessment procedures which reflect the transformation. Chapters include: (1) "Challenges for Biology Education"; (2) "Curriculum Themes"; (3) "Curriculum Structures"; (4) "Biology For General Education"; (5) "Selection of Curriculum Themes and Structures for General Education"; (6) "Meeting Immediate Personal Needs"; (7) "Meeting Immediate Community Needs"; (8) "Developing Needs-Biology Topics with a Future Orientation"; (9) "Continuous Assessment"; (10) "Assessing Cognitive Achievement"; (11) "Assessing Attitudes, Interests, and Values"; (12) "Assessing Manual Skills"; (13) "The Issue of Public Examinations"; (14) "School Facilities and Resources"; (15) Facilities and Resources Outside the School"; (16) "Curriculum Development"; (17) "Design of Learning Material"; and (18) "Teacher Development." (JRH)
Descriptors: Biology, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Resources, Foreign Countries, Integrated Curriculum, Relevance (Education), Science and Society, Science Equipment, Science History, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Teacher Education, Technology
GRM Consultancy, P.O. Box 154, Beecroft, New South Wales 2119 Australia ($95).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: GRM Educational Consultancy, Beecroft, New South Wales (Australia).
Identifiers: Reform Efforts