Perspectives in Science Education


Outline of the course:

Days/ Time: Mondays, 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm


Course summary: Sessions will be on the following issues.

1. Evolution of school science education

2. Science Education in India

3. Origin of science education research

4. Science education as a field of research

5. Theories of learning and their implications for science education

6. Towards science of science teaching

7. Constructivistic approach to teaching of science

8. Role of history and philosophy of science in science teaching

9. Evaluation of learning in science

10. Current issues in science education research

11. Major projects in science education

12. Science teaching standards


Mode of Assessment

1.      Group Discussion

2.      Writing Assignments

3.      Presentations/seminars



Agarkar, S.C and Lale V.D. (Eds.) (2002). Science, Technology and Mathematics Education for Human Development Vol. 1 and 2, Mumbai: Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR

Bennett Judith (Ed.) (2002). School Science Review, Special Issue on Science Education Research and Practice Vol. 84, No, 304.

Bloom, B.S. (1971). Handbook on Formative and Summative Evaluation of Student Learning, New York: McGraw hill Book Company

Cheng, Y.C., Tsui, K.T. Chow, K.W. and Mok, M.M.C. (2002). Subject Teaching and Teacher Education: Research and Innovation, Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Education

David Layton (Convenor) (1977). Founding fathers of science education, New Scientists, Vol.  75, Nos. 1064, 1065, 1066, 1067, 1068, 1069 and 1070.

Fensham, P. Gunstone, R and White,R. (Eds.) (1994). The Content of Science: A Constructivist Approach to its Teaching and Learning, London; The Falmer Press

Fensham, Peter (2004). Defining an Identity: Evolution of Science Education as a Field of Research, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers

National Reserch Council (1996). National Science Education Standards, Washington DC: National Academy Press

Shayer, Michael and Adey, Philip (1987). Towards Science of Science Teaching: Cognitive development and Curriculum Demand, London: Heineman Educational Books

Gilbert, J.K. (Ed.) (2003).  

International Journal of Science Education, Special Issue on Science Education: Past,

Present and Future.

White, Richard (2002) The Revolution in Research in Science Teaching In Virginia Richardson (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Teaching, Washington DC: American Educational Research Association.

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