"This is overwhelmingly a valuable book - particularly in the context of science education in the UK. It is a book that deserves to be read more widely by science teachers, particularly those who seek not simply to extend their repertoire of teaching techniques, but who wish to place these techniques upon a sound academic footing."
"I have greatly enjoyed reading through Science Education for Citizenship. It is extremely informative and contains much of value. We will definitely be putting it on our MA in Science Education reading list."
Dr Michael Reiss, Institute of Education, University of London
This innovative book explores the effective teaching and learning of issues relating to the impact of science in society.
Research case studies are used to examine the advantages and problems as science teachers try new learning approaches, including ethical analysis, use of media-reports, peer-group decision-making discussions and community projects.
This book: offers practical guidance in devising learning goals and suitable learning and assessment strategies
helps teachers to provide students with the skills and understanding needed to address these multi-faceted issues
explores the nature and place of socio-scientific issues in the curriculum and the support necessary for effective teaching
Science Education for Citizenship supports science teachers, citizenship teachers and other educators as they help students to develop the skills and understanding to deal with complex everyday issues.
Mary Ratcliffe is a senior lecturer in Science Education at the University of Southampton, teaching on PCGE, Masters and research programmes. Prior to this she taught chemistry and science in schools in East Anglia. Her research interests are in pupils' and teachers' reactions to socio-scientific issues, the understanding of the nature of science and the development of effective learning and assessment practice.Marcus Grace is a lecturer in Science Education and Environmental Education at the University of Southampton, teaching on undergraduate, PCGE and Masters programmes. Prior to this he taught biology and science at schools in London. His main research interests are in young people's knowledge and views on biological conservation issues, and the science underpinning education for biodiversity, sustainability and citizenship.
Acknowledgements Preface The nature of socio-scientific issues Socio-scientific issues and the curriculum Learning and assessment Learning strategies Ethical reasoning Use of media reports Decision-making about socio-scientific issues Community projects Effective teaching for the future References Index