One of the most important and consistent voices in the reform of science education over the last thirty years has been that of Peter Fensham. His vision of a democratic and socially responsible science education for all has inspired change in schools and colleges throughout the world. Often moving against the tide, Fensham travelled the world to promote his radical ideology. He was appointed Australia's first Professor of Science Education, and was later made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his work in this new and emerging field of study.
In this unique book, leading science educators from around the world examine and discuss Fensham's key ideas. Each describes how his arguments, proposals and recommendations have affected their own practice, and extend and modify his message in light of current issues and trends in science education. The result is a vision for the future of science teaching internationally.
Academics, researchers and practitioners in science education around the world will find this book a fascinating insight into the life and work of one of the foremost pioneers in science education. The book will also make inspiring reading for postgraduate students of science education.
Section 1: Peter James Fensham (1927 - ) 1. Living the Dream: Peter James Fensham, Social Justice and Science Education Section 2: Science for All 2. Science for All, Learner-centred Science 3. Making Science Matter; 'Science for All': Reflections from Indonesia Section 3: Science, Technology and Society: Learning for the Modern World 4. STS Education: a Rose by any other Name 5. Peter Fensham and the Movement for Science Technology and Society (STS) Education Section 4: Gender in Science Teaching 6. Science for All? Science for Girls? Which Girls? 7. Understanding Gender Difference in Science Education: Peter Fensham's Contribution Section 5: Theory and Practice of Science Teaching 8. Fensham's Lodestar Criterion Section 6: Politics of the Science Curriculum 9. Partners or Opponents: the Role of Academic Scientists in Secondary Science Education 10. Perspectives and Possibilities in the Politics of Science Curriculum Section 7: Peter Fensham's Reform Agenda: the 'Vision Thing' 11. Visions, Research, and School Practice 12. Changing the Script for Science Teaching Section 8: Peter Fensham's Impact on Science Education in Australia and Science Education Research around the World 13. Impact of Science Education Now and in the Future 14. The Importance of Being Able to See 'the Big Picture': a Personal Appraisal of Fensham's Influence on Science Education Research and Development