ERIC Number: EJ722746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Science and Science Fiction
Science Scope, v28 n6 p20-22 Mar 2005
This article is for teachers looking for new ways to motivate students, increase science comprehension, and understanding without using the old standard expository science textbook. This author suggests reading a science fiction novel in the science classroom as a way to engage students in learning. Using science fiction literature and language arts skills in the science classroom can expand and enrich the science content and abstract concepts found in science textbooks. And, for most, the science fiction plot keeps students motivated to learn the science behind the story. The use of well-written literature, especially science fiction, should be used to open new ways of learning and understanding for students of all abilities in the science classroom. Most textbooks teach science as a collection of facts and figures that need to be memorized without any attempt to relate this information to students' everyday experiences. Teachers can increase student achievement if the student is given the opportunity to use information in a meaningful manner. This can be provided through the integration of literature into the science classroom.
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Science Teachers, Motivation Techniques, Science Fiction, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A