A Vision for Science Education: Responding to Peter Fensham's Work

A Vision for Science Education: Responding to Peter Fensham's Work

by Roger Cross
     
 

ISBN-10: 041528872X

ISBN-13: 9780415288729

Pub. Date: 11/15/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

One of the most important and consistent voices in the reform of science education over the last thirty years has been that of Peter Fensham. His vision of a democratic and socially responsible science education for all has inspired change in schools and colleges throughout the world. Often moving against the tide, Fensham travelled the world to promote his radical

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One of the most important and consistent voices in the reform of science education over the last thirty years has been that of Peter Fensham. His vision of a democratic and socially responsible science education for all has inspired change in schools and colleges throughout the world. Often moving against the tide, Fensham travelled the world to promote his radical ideology. He was appointed Australia's first Professor of Science Education, and was later made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his work in this new and emerging field of study.
In this unique book, leading science educators from around the world examine and discuss Fensham's key ideas. Each describes how his arguments, proposals and recommendations have affected their own practice, and extend and modify his message in light of current issues and trends in science education. The result is a vision for the future of science teaching internationally.
Academics, researchers and practitioners in science education around the world will find this book a fascinating insight into the life and work of one of the foremost pioneers in science education. The book will also make inspiring reading for postgraduate students of science education.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415288729
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/15/2002
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Preface
Pt. IPeter James Fensham (1927-)1
1Living the dream: Peter James Fensham, social justice, and science education3
Pt. IIScience for all15
2Science for all: learner-centred science17
3Making science matter37
4'Science for All': reflections from Indonesia51
Pt. IIIScience, technology, and society: learning for the modern world57
5STS education: a rose by any other name59
6The UK and the movement for science, technology, and society (STS) education76
Pt. IVGender in science teaching91
7Science for all? Science for girls? Which girls?93
8Understanding gender difference in science education: Peter Fensham's contribution102
Pt. VThe theory and practice of science teaching115
9Fensham's lodestar criterion117
Pt. VIPolitics of the science curriculum129
10Partners or opponents: the role of academic scientists in secondary science education131
11Perspectives and possibilities in the politics of science curriculum139
Pt. VIIPeter Fensham's reform agenda: the 'vision thing'153
12Visions, research, and school practice155
13Changing the script for science teaching170
Pt. VIIIPeter Fensham's impact on science education in Australia and science education research around the world185
14Impact of science education now and in the future187
15The importance of being able to see 'the big picture': a personal appraisal of Fensham's influence on science education research and development195
Afterword: a new centre for research on science curriculum206
AppPeter Fensham: selected publications210
Index215

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