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Debates in Science Education


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Introduction 1. Introducing the debates Mike Watts Section 1: Policy debates 2. 'Science for all' or Science education for the good of all? Keith S. Taber 3. Government Policy: Can short-term strategies bring long-term change? Chris Lloyd-Staples 4. Girls in Science: Who puts up the barriers? Joanne Cole 5. Improving Primary to Secondary Transition: `Now let's teach them properly' Mick Allen 6. The Secondary Science Curriculum: A grey and dreary landscape? Rob Toplis Section 2: Classroom debates 7. Online Gaming and Digital Fantasy for Scientific Literacy Nic Crowe 8. Language and Communication in the Science Classroom Susan Rodrigues 9. Questions and Inquiry in Science, `No questions, no learning?' Helena Pedrosa-de-Jesus and Sara Leite 10. Explanations and Explaining in Science: You can't force people to understand Mike Watts 11. Science Education through Contexts: Is it worth the effort? John K. Gilbert Section 3: Subject debates 12. Are Science Teachers Immune to Reflective Practice? Richard Malthouse and Jodi Roffey-Barentsen 13. School Science and Technology David Barlex and Marion Rutland 14. Sex Education and Science Neil Taylor, Frances Quinn and Judy Miller 15. The mystery of the body and the laboratory Steve Alsop 16. World Science, local science Peeranut Kanhadilok Section 4: Postscript 17. Decisions and time to take sides Mike Watts

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Mike Watts is Professor of Education in the School of Sport and Education, Brunel University, UK.

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