Author(s): Michael S. Pritchard, Department of Philosophy, Western Michigan University & Theodore Goldfarb, Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook
NOTE: This contribution appeared as a featured resource in the online and printed issues of ENC Focus: A Magazine for Classroom Innovators Vol. 8 no.3, published by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education-ENC.
Roseann Cirnigliaro, Northport High School, Northport, Long Island, NY.
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Here is a possible format for a quarter
Journal assignments encourage students to connect their science studies with current events, as well as historically significant events that involve science. This is important both for students planning to undertake science careers and for the general student preparation for informed citizenship in a democratic society. Regular attention to science in the news helps students see the relevance of science studies to their lives outside the classroom. Writing about ethical and value issues in science news not only places science in the context of our everyday lives, it also promises to deepen our understanding of those issues. As an individual activity, this can be quite valuable in its own right. However, these writing exercises can also prepare students for classroom discussion, which will further broaden and deepen their understanding of the social implications of science. Teachers might even want students to share journal entries with each other. However, if this is to be done, students should be told in advance that this will be done; and if the topics are particularly sensitive, this should be done only with their permission.
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