Teaching the Human Dimension of Science

by: Donna Farland-Smith and William McComas

Teachers have the important responsibility of providing students with accurate and engaging science content while also helping them establish authentic views of scientists. Though there are numerous curriculum materials to assist in the teaching of science content, the authors have found that methods and materials to teach science as a human endeavor are practically nonexistent. With that lack in mind, here they offer some suggestions and strategies, which begin with first assessing students’ range of impressions of science as a human endeavor and follow with the use of several teaching strategies that can help you enhance and broaden students’ understandings of scientists.


Elementary School


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 7/1/2009Stock # sc09_046_09_48Volume 046Issue 09

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