ERIC Number: ED413170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
How Would I Handle That? Using Vignettes To Promote Good Math and Science Education.
Campbell, Patricia B.
Knowledge of theory, of research, and of potential strategies is an important component in any educational equity effort. Unless these kinds of knowledge can be applied to specific situations, they are of little "real life" value. The use of vignettes may help. A vignette is a short story without an ending that presents an issue. The major purpose of a vignette is to serve as a springboard for discussion and arriving at possible solutions to the issue raised in the vignette. Responding to vignettes individually or in small groups can be an effective way to experiment with ideas, build on the ideas of others, and work toward consensus in a nonthreatening manner. The goal of this pamphlet is to provide an introduction and encourage the use of vignettes. In addition to defining the term "vignette" in the context of equity, the steps involved in constructing vignettes are also described. This includes developing situations that are realistic and relevant for the intended audience. A series of vignettes addressing educational issues related to math, science, and equity is also provided. (PVD)
Descriptors: Agenda Setting, Brainstorming, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Group Discussion, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Relevance (Education), Science Education, Science Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Womens Education
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Collaboration for Equity, 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20005.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.