Tag Archives: attitudes towards science

Doubt and science – the politics of doubting climate change

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/writers/audio/2493432/michael-king-memorial-lecture-on-science-and-doubt Very interesting! Michael King Memorial Lecture: on science and doubt Originally aired on Writers and Readers Festivals, Sunday 17 July 2011 There’s no denying “doubt” is crucial to science and drives it forward, but it also makes science, and … Continue reading

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Kids books that deal with real world science

Have I mentioned this book? I don’t think so… I highly recommend it: Bridget Heos (2013) Stronger than Steel: Spider silk DNA and the quest for better bulletproof vests, sutures, and parachute rope. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children: Boston, New … Continue reading

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Science is really about ignorance

In a recent TED talk blog, In praise of ignorance (http://blog.ted.com/2013/09/24/in-praise-of-ignorance/), Jessica Gross writes: “Science, we generally are told, is a very well-ordered mechanism for understanding the world, for gaining facts, for gaining data,” biologist Stuart Firestein says in today’s TED talk. “I’d like to … Continue reading

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Herbert Spencer – according to Kieran Egan

“Men dress their children’s minds as they do their bodies, in the prevailing fashion” ~ Herbert Spencer, 1928 Explaining Herbert Spencer’s influence on education over the last century, Kieran Egan writes: “Although John Dewey’s educational ideas are widely known today, … Continue reading

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Science, everyday life and multiculturalism

Hmmm “In many countries in the world, … it is a goal to promote scientific literacy for citizens, although among under-represented groups, science learning divorced from everyday life alienates many children.” (p.6) Ref: Sue Dale Tunnicliffe (2013) Talking and Doing Science … Continue reading

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Te Kete Ahumara – the Knowledge Basket of Growing Food

I just found this website mentioned the other day: http://www.teketeahumara.co.nz/ The pamphlet Plant & Food put out states: “Te Kete Ahumāra is a new website created to provide a comprehensive information directory for both established and new Māori businesses involved in food … Continue reading

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Science writing – for the news vs for the academe

“Science writing in a news context is intrinsically different from science writing in an academic context. As Peters et al. (2008) stress, ‘From a social constructivist point of view, science and journalism construct knowledge about the world according to different principles’ (p. 269). … Continue reading

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Science education is founded on attitudes, learning strategies and skills

In a recent Studies in Science Education article, authors Eric M. Anderman , Gale M. Sinatra & DeLeon L. Gray address exactly the area I have been wondering about in terms of junior science (hooray!). Their interest is in the “complex set … Continue reading

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