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Using biographical letters to draw on the nature of science.
Science Scope (2015)
  • William Medina-Jerez, Univerisity of Texas at El Paso
  • Wayne Melville, Lakehead University. Ontario, Canada
  • Dale Walker, Booneville High School. Idaho Falls, Idaho
Abstract
Science is a human activity with a rich, colorful, and controversial history. Teaching science from a historical
perspective can influence the way students perceive, understand, and apply scientific concepts and processes.
Perhaps more importantly, it can unlock the world of scientists, revealing their brilliance, their flaws, their perseverance, and their struggles with the consequences of their discoveries. By making them human, we make them more accessible to students. Accessibility is important if students are to become interested in and motivated about science, begin to see the social impacts of science, have opportunities to develop scientific literacies, and experience authentic science. This article describes one strategy that is successfully being used in middle school classrooms to portray science as a human endeavor.
Disciplines
Publication Date
Fall October 1, 2015
Citation Information
Medina-Jerez, W., Melville, W. & Walker, D*. (2015). Using biographical letters to draw on the nature of science. Science Scope, 39(2), 45-49.