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Science Education & Society - EDU00002H

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Lynda Dunlop
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

This module aims to examine the role of science within the educational process, and at the relationships between science, education and society more generally. . This module looks at the place of science in formal and informal education. It considers questions of scientific literacy and public understanding of science, of the response of learners to school science, and of the ways in which ideas about science are communicated to various audiences.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

After completing the module, students will:

  • have a better understanding of the arguments for giving science a prominent place in the formal curriculum, and for seeking to promote scientific literacy and public understanding of science

  • know how science is included in the national curriculum in England, and some of the influences which have led to this position

  • have an understanding of some key issues concerning the image of science among learners, and the response of learners to science

  • be able to discuss some of the key issues associated with the teaching and learning of science

  • be able to engage critically with a range of sources dealing with formal and informal science education.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Engage critically with academic and science teaching publications.

  • Identify, analyse and create arguments in written and oral form

  • Participate in group work


Task Length % of module mark
5000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
5000 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Individual written feedback reports with follow-up tutor discussion if necessary. The written feedback and marks are returned to students within 6 weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Osborne, J., Dillon, Justin, & Ebrary, Inc. (2010). Good practice in science teaching : What research has to say (2nd ed.). Maidenhead ; New York: Open University Press.

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