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ERIC Number: EJ933489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Ways into Integrating Science
Boulter, Caroline
Primary Science Review, n86 p4-7 Jan-Feb 2005
The ideas in this article arose from the National Union of Teachers' professional development programme "Putting life into science -- primary science and citizenship" that the author ran with Will Ord from SAPERE. As with other NUT "Teacher 2Teacher" programmes, this course had two major inputs, in January and June, with the intervening time being spent putting the plans from the first session into practice. There are a number of useful guides for secondary teachers on integrating science and citizenship but there seem to be few for primary teachers. When science is discussed in handbooks on citizenship as part of a cross-curricular theme, it is usually seen as dealing with controversial issues. This is where the author's thinking began, taking the area of biomedicine. She and Ord wanted to develop topics for primary that would form a foundation for later learning in these areas and at the same time develop appropriate citizenship knowledge, skills and action. They chose a series of topics within the area of biomedicine and developed a number of specific socio-scientific issues from each of these. The goal was to produce a framework that would help primary teachers devising new materials to pay equal attention to the citizenship and the science curricula at an appropriate level for their pupils. Outcomes of putting this framework into practice are discussed. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table and lists 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A