Using Issues-Based Science in the Classroom

by: John Howarth and Sara Wilmes

Every day we are confronted with issues of varying degrees of complexity and importance. Which bags are better for the environment—paper, plastic, or neither? What precautions should be taken to reduce the spread of the H1N1 virus? Are there risks involved in eating genetically modified fruits and vegetables? What impact will the use of alternative sources of energy have on global climate change? Questions such as these present unique opportunities to incorporate personal, societal, and global issues into the science curriculum. This article provides some helpful resources for planning and using this type of instruction in the classroom.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 10/1/2009Stock # tst09_076_07_24Volume 076Issue 07

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