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ERIC Number: EJ775137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Why Not Try a Scientific Approach to Science Education?
Wieman, Carl
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v39 n5 p9-15 Sep-Oct 2007
The purpose of science education is no longer simply to train that tiny fraction of the population who will become the next generation of scientists. A more scientifically literate populace is needed to address the global challenges that humanity now faces and that only science can explain and possibly mitigate, for example, global warming and genetic modification. In addition, the modern economy is largely based on science and technology, and for that economy to thrive and for individuals within it to be successful, technically literate citizens with complex problem-solving skills are needed. In short, states this author, educators now need to make science education more effective and relevant for a large and necessarily more diverse fraction of the population. He suggests that this can be accomplished by applying to science teaching the practices that are essential components of scientific research: (1) Practices and conclusions based on objective data rather than anecdote or tradition; (2) Disseminating results in a scholarly manner and copying and building upon what works; and (3) Fully utilizing modern technology to advance scientific research. These three essential components of all experimental scientific research can be equally valuable in science education. Applied to the teaching of science, they have the capability to dramatically improve both the effectiveness and the efficiency of the educational system. (Contains 1 Table, 6 Figures, and 9 Resources.)
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Language: English
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