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CRESTEM keynote 2021: Science education – past and future directions - 1 April 2021

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Join CRESTEM and Professor Jonathan Osborne online for the Centre's keynote lecture.

This lecture is a personal view of the achievements of research in science education in the past 40 years. It makes a case for those research programs that have been fruitful and productive and ask whether others are degenerative.

It offers a perspective on the current state of the field and what lacunae and challenges exist. The intent is to stimulate a conversation about whether the field of science education has made progress, whether each generation is condemned to "reinvent the wheel" and how research may best influence practice.

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About the speaker

Jonathan Osborne is Kamalachari Professor Emeritus of Science Education in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. 

His research focus is a mix of work on policy and pedagogy in the teaching and learning of science. In the policy domain, he is interested in exploring students' attitudes to science and how school science can be made more worthwhile and engaging – particularly for those who will not continue with the study of science.

In pedagogy, Jonathan's focus has been on making the case for the role of argumentation in science education both as a means of improving the use of a more dialogic approach to teaching science and improving student understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry.

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