This book centres on developments in science education from the end of World War II to the present day. Oriented toward both practice and policy, the project integrates and compares the views of two of the participants in these developments. Both authors have played a leading part, throughout their careers, in science education, both in their two countries and internationally.
Each chapter discusses one of the seven main themes: aims and politics, curriculum development, subject-matter boundaries, pedagogy and learning, assessment, educational research, and the teaching profession. Each theme is introduced in its historical and philosophical context, but in a manner that highlights current issues and is illustrated by drawing on and contrasting the UK and USA contexts, thereby illuminating the changes over the decades. The episodes are then used as a basis for developing insights into the theme, drawing also on broader reflections from the relevant literature and history.
The book highlights each of the main issues with compelling examples, and in a fashion that is both accessible and useful for those who would make decisions about the future of science education. It will appeal to leading professionals in science education at university and school levels and in educational management, and to the wider academic and professional audience interested in issues of policy and practice in education, and in comparative and historical studies.
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J. Myron Atkin is Professor of Education and Human Biology at Stanford University, California.
Paul Black is Emeritus Professor of Education at Kings College, London.
"Myron Atkin and Paul Black have been thoughtful and productive leaders of many important efforts to improve science education. Their frank and pointed joint conclusions at the end of each chapter will surprise most of those making national education policy today - which is why this book needs to be read by all those who care deeply about how we prepare the next generation for life in a century that will be dominated by advances in science and technology." - Bruce Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences; "I cannot think of two more qualified people to write this historical account, nor can I identify others who could add so richly to the personal history of our field. This book is enjoyable reading and an asset to me and hundreds of other professional colleagues throughout the world." - James Gallagher, Professor of Science Education, Michigan State University and Co-director of A Study of Leadership in Science and Mathematics Education
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Book Description Open University Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M033521343X
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