What IS Science?
or
Science as Story-Telling
or
Science as a Common Human Story of Exploration, Discovery, and Creation
or
Finding Ways to Make it So

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The Challenge:

To move toward science seen as ...

  • Primarily process rather than content knowledge
    • Rigor without oppressiveness
    • Concreteness without lifelessness
    • Playfulness without meaninglessness
  • Something that everyone can draw from and be empowered by
  • Something to which everyone can contribute
  • Engaged with rather than isolated from other spheres of human activity

Resources

On Serendip

Elsewhere on the web

  • MERLOT ... Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, "a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education" (but with materials adaptable for lots of other contexts). Includes science as well as a range of other subjects/materials.

  • SENCER ... Science Education for New Civic Engagements, "engages student interest in the sciences and mathematics by supporting the development of undergraduate courses and academic programs that teach 'to' basic science and mathematics 'through' complex, capacious, and unsolved public issues", extensive resources, course models, backgrounders

  • SMETE Digital Library, from the Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education Open Federation

  • comPADRE, "Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education ... partnership of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the American Institute of Physics/Society of Physics Students (AIP/SPS), and the American Physical Society (APS)"

  • EdNA Online, Education Network Australia, "a joint initiative of the State and Territory governments, and the Australian government, through their education departments"

  • Inquiry Based Approaches to Science Education: Theory and Practice, by Wil Franklin, Bryn Mawr College



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