Teaching Science

Authored by: Dietmar K. Kennepohl

Handbook of Distance Education

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415897648
eBook ISBN: 9780203803738
Adobe ISBN: 9781136635571


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There has been a well-documented and progressive decline in student participation in mathematics and science at both school and university levels in several industrialized countries around the world (James, 2007). Nevertheless, the overall demand for learning science has also taken on a renewed urgency (Commission on Mathematics and Science Education, 2009; UNESCO Education Sector, 2011) and is globally exceeding the capacity of established educational routes. Together the challenges of participation and capacity are becoming more pressing as we consider science education in the 21st century. Online distance delivery offers practical alternatives to traditional on-campus education, but teaching science online and at a distance can be more demanding than (and certainly is not as common as) many other disciplines. There are a variety of reasons for this, of which the most obvious is dealing with the practical and applied components (laboratory, clinic, field work). This chapter will take a look at higher education teaching and learning in science with special emphasis on practical work.

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