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ERIC Number: EJ890622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
The Mystery in Science: A Neglected Tool for Science Education
Papacosta, Pangratios
Science Education International, v19 n1 p5-8 Mar 2008
Of the many valuable tools available to science education, the mystery in science is the one that is most ignored, underused, or misunderstood. whenever it is used, it is only as mere entertainment or as an attention grabber. In this article, the author discusses how the mystery in science can improve student attitudes, generate a life-long interest in science, and may even prompt students to take a closer look at science as a possible career. In their ongoing efforts to seek more effective ways of improving science education, science educators are faced with the following questions. How can they best use this mystery in science towards their educational endeavors? Can their students fully understand what science really is, without the awareness of this ever-present mystery in science? The author mentions that it can be unsettling that the image of science, as described in textbooks, is only one of glory and uninterrupted success. However, some science educators choose to present a more realistic image of science by going beyond the textbook. They do that by incorporating case studies from the history of science in their teaching of science. The author suggests that instead of shying away from the mystery in science, teachers should embrace and celebrate it in their teaching. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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