ERIC Number: ED411157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Learning Science with Science Fiction Films.
Cavanaugh, Terence; Cavanaugh, Catherine
This paper is an excerpt from a book on learning science using science fiction. The focus is on the use of science fiction films to engage students and encourage greater enthusiasm and interest in science. "Jurassic Park" is used as an example that can provide educators with countless lesson opportunities. This approach recommends the use of fun as an effective tool for motivating students and takes the stance that science is a vehicle for comprehension. Definitions of science fiction and a comparison of science fiction literature with science fiction films; a rationale for using science fiction to teach science; methods for using science fiction in the classroom; and sample lessons for the films "Destination Moon,""Star Trek" (Immunity Syndrome episode), and the "Forbidden Planet" are presented. Contains 15 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Association of Science Teachers (Key West, FL, October, 1996). Adapted from the book of the same title by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company in 1995.