Tagged: science education

Slick propaganda has no place in science classroom - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Aug 01, 2018

Except, perhaps, if it’s used to develop critical thinking skills. But I don’t think that’s what happened on the occasion reported under the headline Creationism taught in science class at Villa Education Trust school: [A student who’d studied at] Mt Hobson Middle School said Darwinism was taught as an unproven theory and students were shown a video purporting to … Read More

Science education in the 21st century – what might it look like? - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jul 03, 2018

There’s a lot of rhetoric these days around educating students ‘for the 21st century’, and the need for ’21st century skills’, while (not always but often) disparaging what is currently taught & how it’s delivered. Catherine Kelsey has a good op.ed. on this on the Education Central site, in which she comments on two other opinion pieces that … Read More

New research shows explaining things to ‘normal’ people can help scientists be better at their jobs - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 22, 2017

by Susanne Pelger, Lund University In times when fake news and alternative facts circulate in society, spreading scientifically based findings is more important than ever. This makes science communication one of academia’s most vital tasks. But despite the pivotal role scientific communication plays in society, communicating with the general public is not always prioritised among researchers. This is … Read More

Science Learning Hub – relaunched, refunded - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 05, 2016

Last night saw the relaunch at Te Papa of the Science Learning Hub, an educational resource that has amassed nearly 5,000 videos and articles about everything from nanotechnology to climate change – and showcased the work of hundreds of New Zealand scientists in the process. Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce unveiled the new-look Science Learning Hub website and said the … Read More

Mayim Bialik – Scientist & Actor - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 10, 2013

Recently, I posted a brilliant presentation from PhD student, Crystal Dilworth about the Myth of the Scientist. This was linked to by another website, drawing my attention to this presentation from Mayim Bialik about how she got into science. It is a great example of how an articulate and passionate mentor can draw people into the fascinating world … Read More

Describing science - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 19, 2013

Michael has a post just up with a lovely definition of science, in part authored by Alison (see the comments that follows Michael’s post). To extend on what Michael has started, here’s a graphical description of how science works that I saw recently: (Source: www.understandingscience.org. Copyright: 2008, The … Read More

What do Kids Want in Science Education? Why not ask them? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 29, 2012

I came across this interesting article by Marie-Claire Shanahan on her blog describing a panel discussion (and other activities) at LogiCon, a Edmonton science and critical thinking based outreach programme. The panel discussion involved asking a panel of 10 – 13 year old science enthusiasts for their opinion of science education – what a fantastic idea. The conversation, as … Read More

TOSP Episode 17: January 16th 2012 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 16, 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, listeners! This week, aimee was away in Melbourne at the inagural AdaCamp barcamp.  So Elf brought in his good friend Haritina Mogosanu, who works with KiwiSpace and World Space Week, to co-host with him. They talked about the number of planets in our galaxy, [...] … Read More

Science Communication: Education or Appreciation? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 17, 2011

One of the things I enjoy most about science is learning how different things work. I like to learn the details, the interesting and esoteric facts about a topic, and I like to learn about how it fits into the “bigger picture.” Science truly fascinates me. When communicating science there is sometimes the tendency to assume that everyone else is … Read More