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A Vision for Science Education: Responding to the Work of Peter Fensham


reviewed by Valarie L. Akerson — 2004

coverTitle: A Vision for Science Education: Responding to the Work of Peter Fensham
Author(s): Roger Cross (Editor)
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 041528872X, Pages: 218, Year: 2002
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This edited volume contains 15 chapters organized into eight sections. The chapters reflect the work and career of Peter Fensham, the first Professor of Science Education in Australia, working at Monash University. The central message of the volume is that Fensham’s work in promoting “science for all” has made a great impact internationally in science education. Indeed, international authors of the individual chapters representing many countries provide an in-depth accounting of the impact that Peter Fensham’s work has had on their country and an intriguing overview of science education practices around the world. The volume as a whole encourages the reader to view problems in science education with an international perspective in providing “science for all.” The introductory section includes one chapter by the editor, Roger Cross. In this chapter Roger provides an overview of both the life and work of Peter Fensham. It describes the path that Fensham has taken in his work in science education, and his subsequent work and research in promoting “science for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 248-251
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11185, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 4:37:48 AM

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  • Valarie Akerson
    Indiana University
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    VALARIE L. AKERSON is an assistant professor of Science Education at Indiana University. Her primary research interest is elementary teacher development, with an emphasis on improving teachers’ conceptions of nature of science, and helping elementary teachers use their strengths in literacy instruction to improve their science teaching. Her most recent publication is "Teaching elements of nature of science: A year long case study of a fourth grade teacher" in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (with F. S. Abd-El-Khalick, in press).
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