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Science Education and Civil Engagement: The Sencer Approach (ACS Symposium #1037) (Hardcover)

Science Education and Civil Engagement: The Sencer Approach (ACS Symposium #1037) By Richard Sheardy (Editor) Cover Image
By Richard Sheardy (Editor)
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This is book number 1037 in the ACS Symposium series.


This book focuses on incorporating SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) ideals into science curricula. SENCER embraces the notion that science education should provide students with a strong scientific background as well as the foundation to think
critically about global issues. With this foundation, students would be better prepared to engage in civic processes. Various chapters discuss: 1) the importance and relevance of SENCER; 2) strategies for initiating and implementing SENCER courses and programs of study; 3) existing model SENCER
courses; and 4) using SALG (Student Assessment of Learning Gains) as an assessment tool.

The most significant feature of this book is its focus on improving science education at all levels through the connection of real world problems to concepts in science. By relating topics that are interesting to students (such as global warming, HIV, etc.) to the underlying science (greenhouse
gases, how viruses work), students become more interested in learning the science. Not only does this book discuss the basic ideals linking science education to civic engagement, but it also provides examples of how to incorporate civic engagement into science courses and how to evaluate student

About the Author

Richard D. Sheardy received his BS in Chemistry Education at Michigan State University and his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Florida. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics. He teaches freshman chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry andcontinues his research focusing on the structure, stability and ligand binding properties of DNA quadruplexes.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780841225534
ISBN-10: 0841225532
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Publication Date: October 28th, 2010
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: ACS Symposium