This programme aims to give students the academic and practical skills they need to develop a critical understanding of the role of science education, research and communication in society. To participate fully in the scientific practices in the classroom, students need to develop a shared understanding of the norms of participation in science. This includes social norms for constructing and presenting a scientific argument and engaging in scientific debates. It also includes habits of mind, such as adopting a critical stance, a willingness to ask questions and seek help, and developing a sense of appropriate trust and skepticism.
Education science is closely related to pedagogy, which is the process of teaching. More specifically, however, education science is considered to be the study of improving the teaching process. The field of education science can include the examination and research of different teaching methods and how groups of students receive these methods, as well as the process of improving teaching methodologies.
Effective preservice programs integrate science and education and often require five years. Science & Education publishes research using historical, philosophical, and sociological approaches in order to improve teaching, learning, and curricula in science and mathematics. Given that the focus in the ‘science leadership challenge’ is on STEM education AND science communication, the programme for the day included invited contributions from the field of science communication. The intention was that discussions during the hui will focus on what science education might learn from research in science communication.
Which is why it’s curious that competitions like the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)â€”whose contestants each year vie for more than $5 million total in prizes, including $75,000 for the top winnerâ€”haven’t quite captured the public imagination. That may soon change. A new documentary follows a handful of teens who participated in last year’s ISEF, along with the no-nonsense Long Island, New York, teacher who managed to help nine of her students qualify for the competition.
Viewing the science classroom as a scientific community akin to communities in professional science is advantageous (although K-8 students are clearly not engaged in professional science). Science advances in large part through interactions among members of research communities as they test new ideas, solicit and provide feedback, articulate and evaluate emerging explanations, develop shared representations and models, and reach consensus. Likewise, participation in scientific practices in the classroom helps students advance their understanding of scientific argumentation and explanations; engage in the construction of scientific evidence, representations, and models; and reflect on how scientific knowledge is constructed.