Reviewing newspaper articles as a technique for enhancing the scientific literacy of student-teachers
Elliott, Paul. (2006) Reviewing newspaper articles as a technique for enhancing the scientific literacy of student-teachers. International Journal of Science Education, Vol.28 (No.11). pp. 1245-1265. ISSN 0950-0693Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10670560500438420
The ability to understand and evaluate news reporting of science is often cited as an attribute of a scientifically literate person. This work reports on an attempt to develop such attributes in a group of 19 student-teachers. They were introduced to a review technique designed to help them evaluate newspaper representation of science and engage more effectively in a course dealing with biotechnology and associated socio-scientific issues. The work they produced was examined for a range of evidence, and this showed that they were able to comment effectively on issues such as the newsworthiness of stories, bias in reporting, and the portrayal of science and scientists. Questionnaire responses indicated that the technique helped them to think about the media reporting of science in ways that were new to them. They believed school-age students would benefit from a similar technique, and its use in schools is seen as highly desirable.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education ( -2013)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Science Education|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Official Date:||15 September 2006|
|Number of Pages:||21|
|Page Range:||pp. 1245-1265|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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