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Student Attitudes, Student Anxieties, and How to Address Them

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Preface Introduction 1. Attitudes: What do students believe about the nature of science? 2. Anxieties: Why do students fear science? 3. Connections between attitudes and anxieties 4. Constructivism: A philosophy and pedagogy of science 5. What do we do on Monday morning? Implementing constructivist pedagogy 6. Constructing teaching Appendix 1. Attitudes questionnaire Appendix 2. Multiple regression Appendix 3. Student interview questions Appendix 4. Anxiety questionnaire Appendix 5. Chi-square Appendix 6. Teachers' practices questionnaire Recommended additional readings

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Helge Kastrup is an astrophysicist and mathematician from the University of Copenhagen. He has taught physics, math and science at levels from ten-year olds to masters students at various Danish schools, universities, teachers' seminary and at the European School Brussels. He has written a number of textbooks and articles on science and pedagogy. His main area of research is science anxiety and pedagogy, in collaboration with Jeffry Mallow and other professors from Loyola Chicago. He is an amateur musician and tennis player. Jeffry V. Mallow is Professor of Physics Emeritus, Loyola University Chicago and Affiliated Professor, University of Haifa. His primary physics research area is quantum mechanics. He discovered and named the phenomenon, ""science anxiety."" Co-founder of the first university clinic to help students overcome this anxiety, he has published widely in the field that he initiated. Much of his work has been in collaboration with Helge Kastrup and other colleagues in Denmark.

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