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

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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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'This is a valuable book, one that I enjoyed reading from cover to cover. The book shows the importance of Fensham's work and illustrates clearly that the key debates in education are recurrent'. - Education Review
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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

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Notes on contributors
Pt. I Peter James Fensham (1927-) 1
1 Living the dream: Peter James Fensham, social justice, and science education 3
Pt. II Science for all 15
2 Science for all: learner-centred science 17
3 Making science matter 37
4 'Science for All': reflections from Indonesia 51
Pt. III Science, technology, and society: learning for the modern world 57
5 STS education: a rose by any other name 59
6 The UK and the movement for science, technology, and society (STS) education 76
Pt. IV Gender in science teaching 91
7 Science for all? Science for girls? Which girls? 93
8 Understanding gender difference in science education: Peter Fensham's contribution 102
Pt. V The theory and practice of science teaching 115
9 Fensham's lodestar criterion 117
Pt. VI Politics of the science curriculum 129
10 Partners or opponents: the role of academic scientists in secondary science education 131
11 Perspectives and possibilities in the politics of science curriculum 139
Pt. VII Peter Fensham's reform agenda: the 'vision thing' 153
12 Visions, research, and school practice 155
13 Changing the script for science teaching 170
Pt. VIII Peter Fensham's impact on science education in Australia and science education research around the world 185
14 Impact of science education now and in the future 187
15 The importance of being able to see 'the big picture': a personal appraisal of Fensham's influence on science education research and development 195
Afterword: a new centre for research on science curriculum 206
App Peter Fensham: selected publications 210
Index 215
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