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ERIC Number: EJ863744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Popular Media in the Biology Classroom: Viewing Popular Science Skeptically
Gardner, Grant E.; Jones, M. Gail; Ferzli, Miriam
American Biology Teacher, v71 n6 p332-335 Aug 2009
It can be argued that the responsibilities of biology educators to their students extend far beyond the delivery of science content. Educators are also charged with ensuring that students do not temporarily memorize the information, but actively integrate it into their daily lives. Personal integration of science content should prepare students to evaluate the reliability and merit of this information outside of the classroom. For the general public, information regarding science topics is often obtained from media sources such as the Internet, television, or newspapers. In recognition of this, it would be beneficial for curriculum designers to integrate the critical use of media sources as a tool to promote scientific literacy in the biology classroom. In this article, the authors offer a theoretical perspective on the use of media in the classroom through a lens that is rarely discussed in educational circles but is an on-going discourse in science communication. They also provide some important considerations for teachers wishing to adopt the idea of media frames in the classroom, plus some useful handouts developed from other sources on media frames. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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