Science Education

Michael Faraday’s lectures at London’s Royal Institution in the early 19th century were so popular that the carriages dropping people off to see him used to choke Albemarle Street in Mayfair – as a result, the street was designated the first one-way road in London. Faraday was a master communicator who thrilled audiences with the latest discoveries in chemistry and electricity. He was as much a brilliant entertainer as a great scientist. Read more…

 

Source: The Guardian

 

A New Chemistry Education Research Frontier

Chemistry education research (CER) has predominately focused on enhancing learning and instruction in classrooms. However, a host of unexplored research opportunities in informal learning environments can contribute to more effective communication of chemistry to the public. The current lack of chemistry-centered materials in informal science is beginning to change, thus, creating key questions about how learning occurs in these unique, unstructured, and dynamic environments. Science centers are one particular area of focus for informal learning. How to best incorporate chemistry in museum environments as well as how chemistry learning is best facilitated in museums are open areas of investigation. CER in informal environments can use similar theory and methods as CER in formal settings to explore various dimensions of chemistry learning. Read more…

 

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