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ERIC Number: EJ1056426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Preparing Students for Science in the Face of Social Controversy
Bramschreiber, Terry; Westmoreland, David
American Biology Teacher, v77 n4 p284-288 Apr 2015
Science educators often teach topics that are largely resolved in the scientific community yet remain controversial in broader society. In such cases, students may perceive the teacher as biased. We present two exercises that foster more objective learning about the scientific underpinnings of socially controversial topics. The first exercise clarifies why the scientific resolution of an issue does not necessarily align with social perception. The second applies this concept by having students discriminate science-based claims from other claims.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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