Engaging and Inspiring Students: Optimizing Scientific LiteracySeptember 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Posted in uncategorized | 3 Comments
Posted by Tom Kennell
An article by Robert Hazen eloquently summarizes the importance of science literacy in modern society. The ability to deconstruct science text enables one to form clear, logical, and objective opinions concerning the social and political repercussions surrounding technological advancements, scientific achievement, and environmental hazards. I believe one of the biggest obstacles teachers face is overcoming the preconception that science is “hard”, “uncool”, “irrelevant”, and “performed only by geeky people in white lab coats (a direct quote from a student).” An article by Jeff Grabmeier echoes these sentiments, and highlights the importance of breaking down the wall of apprehension and fear students typically associate with science. How do we as teachers make science (and reading about science) fun? How do we make science accessible and user-friendly? What literacy strategies are most effective in obtaining these goals?