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Open Access Science Education Needs a Multilevel Approach

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Triggered by an increasing consensus on the importance of science education for the economy and society as a whole, in recent years, a growing number of educational programs, initiatives and projects have been launched by various players (from educational policy makers over teacher education institutions to industry). Many of these initiatives have a direct or indirect link to molecular sciences. In this article, we develop a two-dimensional framework which can be used as a guideline in the classification and discussion of existing projects as well as in the planning and design of future initiatives. The framework incorporates three organizational levels or groups of persons and the two very central fields of objectives 'knowledge and skills' and 'motivation and interest'. On the basis of this framework, we discuss four projects in which our science and technology education center has been involved, with respect to their influence on the knowledge, skills and interest of pupils, teachers and school administration representatives in science.
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Keywords: MOTIVATION; PUPILS; SCIENCE EDUCATION; SKILLS; TEACHERS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Zentrum Naturwissenschafts- und Technikdidaktik, Pädagogische Hochschule FHNW, Riehenstrasse 154, CH-4058 Basel, Switzerland. [email protected] 2: Zentrum Naturwissenschafts- und Technikdidaktik, Pädagogische Hochschule FHNW, Riehenstrasse 154, CH-4058 Basel, Switzerland

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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  • International Journal for Chemistry and Official Membership Journal of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS) and its Divisions

    CHIMIA, a scientific journal for chemistry in the broadest sense, is published 10 times a year and covers the interests of a wide and diverse readership. Contributions from all fields of chemistry and related areas are considered for publication in the form of Review Articles and Notes. A characteristic feature of CHIMIA are the thematic issues, each devoted to an area of great current significance.

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