Re-designing science pedagogy: reversing the flight from science

McWilliam, Erica, Poronnik, Philip and Taylor, Peter G. (2009) Re-designing science pedagogy: reversing the flight from science. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 17 3: 226-235. doi:10.1007/s10956-008-9092-8

Author McWilliam, Erica
Poronnik, Philip
Taylor, Peter G.
Title Re-designing science pedagogy: reversing the flight from science
Journal name Journal of Science Education and Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1059-0145
Publication date 2009-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10956-008-9092-8
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 3
Start page 226
End page 235
Total pages 10
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Subject 3304 Education
Abstract This article takes as its starting point the ongoing downturn in student interest in, and engagement with, the enabling sciences. We make a case that embedding of creative pedagogies in science education has significant potential to arrest the flight from modern science. Five propositions are explored in order to argue the case: that young people are more engaged by active tasks than with a passive consumption approach to transfer of core knowledge; that it is boredom, not rigour, that disengages them - the difference is between static and dynamic sources of knowledge; that creativity is not the antithesis of scientific rigour but the core business of scientific thinking; that we now have new understandings of creative pedagogies that make teaching strategies visible and effective; and, that these strategies can build academic, digital and social capacity simultaneously and this is the new core business of the science educator. We conclude by flagging implications for leading such pedagogical change in science faculties.
Keyword Capacity building
Creative pedagogies
Science education
Scientific literacy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biomedical Sciences Publications
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