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Science education for global citizenship Science education for global citizenship Presentation Transcript

  • David Geelan The University of Queensland SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
  • CHALLENGES FACING THE WORLD
    • climate change and extreme weather
    • water
    • pollution
    • energy - end of fossil fuels
    • disease pandemics
    • war and violence
    • economic crises
  • COMMON FEATURES
    • Many of these challenges need to be addressed globally as well as locally
    • Many of these challenges are related to science, and need scientific knowledge to find solutions
  • SCIENCE EDUCATION
    • Science teaching currently does a good job of preparing the 10% of students who go into science and engineering careers
    • Unfortunately, it also tends to tell the other 90% of the population ‘you cannot understand science’
  • SCIENCE EDUCATION
    • In order to face the challenges of the future, science education must:
      • help all students to understand science, enough to take a role as active citizens
      • place scientific issues in local and global contexts
  • CITIZENSHIP
    • What does it mean to be a citizen?
      • Citizens have rights and responsibilities
      • Citizens take an active, informed role in deciding on a nation’s direction through voting
  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
    • Since many future challenges are global, each human being also has global rights and responsibilities
  • SCIENCE FOR ALL
    • Preparing all students to be fully engaged, informed citizens means helping them to understand science
    • Science education for all students needs to be engaging, and to connect to their experience
  • SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR PROTECTION
    • Understanding science helps all citizens avoid being deceived by people making dishonest claims in the name of science
    • Science education helps students judge the quality of scientific claims and information
  • SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT (STSE)
    • Science education for global citizenship needs to include consideration of:
      • the nature of science
      • science and technology
      • science and society
      • environmental issues and sustainability
  • MEANINGFUL LEARNING
    • Students will learn things that mean something to them now much better than things they are promised will mean something later
    • Linking science learning to students current experiences of life makes it meaningful
  • CONCLUSION
    • Many of the challenges facing Australia, Thailand and the world are:
      • global in scope and
      • scientific in nature
    • Science education for all students has an important role in preparing society to address these challenges