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ERIC Number: EJ771010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Moving Science Classes to the Community: A Question of Social Justice
Roth, Wolff-Michael
Education Canada, v47 n2 p46-49 Spr 2007
Many educators and policy makers argue that science literacy and numeracy are vital skills for successfully participating in the economy of this century. But how do educators increase the levels of scientific literacy, let alone make science a subject for all students, when the subject matter itself has been keeping students away? In this article, the author describes a science unit which aimed to clean and protect a local creek. In this activity, the environmentalists introduced the students to a variety of tools and techniques, and the students designed and conducted their own investigations at different parts of Hagan Creek, which they ultimately reported on to the community during the annual open house event organized by the environmentalists. The Grade 7 students participating in this science unit learned science by contributing to a collectively motivated activity--environmentalism, concern for the environment, and stewardship. In so doing, they contributed to society as a whole. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada