A Global Dimension to Science Education in Schools OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Science Education Class by The Open University

Published Jan 31, 2009

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Learn how to bring contemporary international science to life for high school students through the free online course 'A Global Dimension to Science Education in Schools.' This OpenLearn course, offered through the Open University, is designed for secondary school teachers. It takes approximately eight hours to complete.

A Global Dimension to Science Education in Schools: Course Specifics

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A Global Dimension to Science Education in Schools: Course Description

Secondary school teachers using this free OpenLearn course will discover why it's important to incorporate a global dimension into science education. They will learn about various websites, books and other resources where they can learn more about contributions to science by non-Western scientists. Teachers also will be exposed to global science activities designed to appeal to high school students, such as a project that explains how a mobile phone can kill a gorilla. (The answer: Gorillas in a national park in the Congo are dying because their habitat is being destroyed by mining for coltan, a metal ore that contains tantalum, which is used to make mobile phones.) Teachers also will be linked to resources that can help them to avoid the use of cultural and racial stereotypes in science curricula.

Activities for teachers and students are available for free online. If you're interested in taking this course, visit the global dimension to science education in schools course page.

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