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Some contend that the value of science education has declined and our goal of scientific literacy is an unrealized and unrealizable myth. And others simply declare that our efforts to reform have failed. Rodger Bybee, one of the nation's foremost science educators, responds to these charges, offering new insights into the issues surrounding contemporary reform.
Achieving Scientific Literacy offers a broad vision for improving science education that is at times historical and philosophical and also concrete and practical. It extends and elaborates on several themes, including:
Bybee maintains that although the rhetoric of reform is national, the actual reform must occur at state and local levels. His book addresses the critical challenge of transforming issues from national standards to state and local practices, and ultimately to the classroom, with the aim of developing greater coherence and consistency in science education.
Achieving Scientific Literacy is a book anyone concerned about the future of science education should own. It will help classroom teachers, science supervisors, and administrators with both the larger perspective of reform and the practical issues of improving their programs and practices. Undergraduates who are entering the profession, scientists and engineers who support and influence school science programs, and teachers and policymakers who identify and address critical issues of educational reform will find the book just as valuable.
Looking at the Past Fifty Years
Contemporary Reform of Science Education
Searching for Scientific Literacy
Defining Scientific Literacy
Establishing National Standards
Creating a Vision of Scientific Literacy
Enriching the Science Curriculum
Implementing a Standards-Based Systemic Reform
The Year 2000 and Beyond