Using Science Popularizations to Promote Learner-Centered Teaching

by: Ivan Shibley, Maureen E. Dunbar, Tami H. Mysliwiec, and David A. Dunbar

This article attempts to evaluate why popularizations seem to generate positive reactions from learners and why the authors find themselves using popularizations more and more frequently. In doing a retrospective analysis, the authors have drawn on the changes advocated in Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (Weimer 2003). This paper discusses how science popularizations can be utilized as part of a learner-centered classroom by looking at each of Weimer’s five changes. Using Weimer’s framework provides a window through which to view the benefits of popularizations.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 12/1/2008Stock # jcst08_038_02_54Volume 038Issue 02

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