issues in storytelling

Buntting, Cathy
June 2012
New Zealand Science Teacher;2012, Issue 130, p6
The article focuses on the use of narratives to engage students and support their understanding on socio-scientific issues. It cites the case of Robert who is an experienced science teacher, wherein he used a class discussion in Year 13 biology class to introduce a series of controversial issues. It also mentions that contemporary fiction and films provide opportunities in exploring the responses of the society on the current and future issues related to science.


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