Science and Society in the Classroom

Science and Society in the Classroom

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qIn this book, the author posits that the exploration of urban students' engagement with school science using sociocultural perspectives may uncover factors that influence students learning and success in the science classrooms. The author further proposes that using curricula framed around sociocultural perspectives may develop students' understandings about the role science and technology plays in their lives, as well as well as in the larger society, thus making science more accessible and relevant for these children in urban settings.q qThere has been no study to date that examines the impact of curricular approaches guided by a sociocultural framework (contextualized curriculum in this study) on the comprehension level and attitudes of students. The study fills that gap and holds implications for the inclusion of alternative curricular framework in urban middle school science classrooms.q qThe author has used a mixed-methods study and draws upon both quantitative and qualitative data sources. The study design allows the reader to appreciate the perspectives of participating students and teachers on the use of contextualized curricular framework versus curricular framework guided by IVF practices in urban middle school science classroomsq--BOOK JACKET.The study helps answer two overarching questions: (a) Does a contextualized science curriculum influence studentsa#39; content ... Does the use of a contextualized science curriculum in an urban setting improve seventh-grade studentsa#39; contentanbsp;...

Title:Science and Society in the Classroom
Author: Geeta Verma
Publisher:Cambria Press - 2009

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