A video featured by some of our lab members
The event will be a continuation of the successful first SG held in Nottingham in July 2009. The following video serves as an excellent introduction of the event.
“Argument and debate are common in science, yet they are virtually absent from science education. Recent research shows, however, that opportunities for students to engage in collaborative discourse and argumentation offer a means of enhancing student conceptual understanding and students’ skills and capabilities with scientific reasoning. As one of the hallmarks of the scientist is critical, rational skepticism, the lack of opportunities to develop the ability to reason and argue scientifically would appear to be a significant weakness in contemporary educational practice. In short, knowing what is wrong matters as much as knowing what is right. This paper presents a summary of the main features of this body of research and discusses its implications for the teaching and learning of science.”
These are words taken from the abstract of one of the articles devoted to Science, Language and Literacy in the special issue of Science Magazine. An unavoidable reading for all those engaged on teaching science, but not just that…