Author: Morris Andrew
Published: 06/02/2015 - 228 pp Pages
Imprint / Publisher: World Scientific / World Scientific
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Book Type: Popular Book (Treat As Textbook)
Although science is all around us and a constant source of wonder and fascination, for many ‘science’ conjures an image of restless afternoons spent bored in classrooms. Many regret time wasted in science lessons at school, but find themselves amazed and eternally quizzical about it in adulthood. This book is for that much-neglected reader: full of curiosity about ideas in science but lacking a strong background in the subject. It draws on the experience of experimental discussion groups led by the author, in which people from all walks of life come together regularly to pose questions and discuss experiences in the presence of a science teacher. Filled with extracts of what people actually say about science and their life experiences, it acts as a gentle introduction to anyone wishing to find out more about the natural world. Drawing on practical examples and discussions that range from hormones to tectonic plates, the sequence of chapters helps the reader understand any difficulties they may have encountered with science learning in the past and points to fresh ways of approaching the subject in the future.With chapters illustrating what people are curious about and how exploration of scientific ideas can develop, the book introduces some of the underlying themes that recur in discussions. For those wishing to make a start on exploring science afresh, the book offers practical information about the books, museums, websites, podcasts, courses and events available to support them. Reflections on the experience of adults engaging with science through discussion groups offer food for thought on the nature of science education in general.
An Alternative Approach to Science Learning; What Captures Our Interest; Difficulties in Learning Science; Underlying Themes in Science-for-All; Following up Curiosity; Resources for Adult Learning about Science; The Nature of Science, Science as One of the Humanities;