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ERIC Number: EJ801442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-30
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
A Passion for Objects
Turkle, Sherry
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n38 pB11 May 2008
In the ongoing national conversation about science education in America, there is a new consensus that people have entered a time of crisis in their relationship to the international scientific and engineering community. When the science committee of the House of Representatives asked the National Academies, the nation's leading scientific advisory group, for 10 recommendations to strengthen America's scientific competitiveness, the academies offered twice that number. There were recommendations to support early-career scientists and those who plan to become science teachers. There were recommendations to create a new government agency to sponsor energy research and to use tax policy to encourage research and development in corporate settings. As sensible as these recommendations may be, they deal largely with financial incentives and big institutions. In this article, the author suggests that students' passion for objects can be a prime motivator in science education. Science is fueled by passion, a passion that often attach's to the world of objects much as the artist attach's to his paints, the poet to his or her words. Putting children in a rich object world is essential to giving science a chance. Children will make intimate connections, connections they need to construct on their own. At a time when science education is in crisis, giving science its best chance means guiding children to objects they can love.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States