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Scientific Literacy Under the Microscope

A Whole School Approach to Science Teaching and Learning

Loughran, John, Smith, Kathy, Berry, Amanda (Eds.)

2011, VII, 155p.


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Scientific literacy is generally valued and acknowledged among educators as a desirable student learning outcome. However, what scientific literacy really means in terms of classroom practice and student learning is debatable due to the inherent complexity of the term and varying expectations of what it means for learning outcomes. To date the teacher voice has been noticeably absent from this debate even though the very nature of teacher expertise lies at the heart of the processes which shape students’ scientific literacy. The chapters that comprise this book tap into the expertise of a group of primary teachers from Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC), a primary school that chose to actively engage in teaching for scientific literacy. By analyzing the insights and thinking that emerged as they attempted to unravel some of the pedagogical complexities associated with constructing an understanding of scientific literacy in their own classrooms, these teachers demonstrate the professional knowledge and skill inherent in the expertise of teaching and learning science in a primary classroom. The chapters in this book illustrate the processes and structures that were created at OGLC to provide the conditions that allowed these teachers to explore and build on the range of ideas that informed their approach to teaching for scientific literacy. This book is a compelling example of how a whole school approach to scientific literacy can make a difference for students’ learning of science and offer a concrete example of the development of professional knowledge and practice of teachers.

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Table of contents 

Acknowledgements; Section 1: Preparing for Scientific Literacy; 1. Scientific Literacy: A Symbol for Change; 2. Paving the Way for Scientific Literacy; 3. Learning from Teacher Thinking: An Insight into the Pedagogical Complexities of Scientific Literacy; Section 2: Teaching for Scientific Literacy; 4. Wearing the Double L Plates: Lead Learner; 5. You Don’t Have to Have All the Answers; 6. Action that Matters; 7. ‘Y’ Scientific Literacy?; 8. Layering: A Personal Journey; 9. It’s Multi Domain: But Where’s the Scientific Literacy?; 10. Busting the Myths about Science Teaching; 11. Speaking about Scientific Literacy;Section 3: Reviewing Scientific Literacy; 12. You Don’t Know What You Dont’ Know; 13. Unboxing My Science Teaching: A Personal Scientific Literacy Journey; 14. Why Does Scientific Literacy Matter in Primary Schools?: Reflections on the OLGC Experience; 15. Responding to the Challenge of Scientific Literacy: A Whole School Approach to Scientific Literacy; Index.

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