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Issues in Upper Secondary Science Education

by Neil Taylor

Issues in Upper Secondary Science Education Synopsis

This book provides a comparative look at key issues that characterize and contextualize upper secondary science education in sixteen countries in Oceania, South America, Asia, Europe, North America, Africa, and the Middle East, incluing links with elementary and early science, final assessment, and the secondary/tertiary education interface.

Issues in Upper Secondary Science Education Press Reviews

A variety of authors from countries across the world, and including those from both 'developed' and 'developing' countries, have provided comparative descriptions of upper secondary science education issues, and the context of the whole school systems. For those wishing to review exemplary information from well-informed writers, this book provides a wealth of global data not easily available otherwise. The writers are frank and open about the strengths and challenges in their systems, a welcome approach in these days where competition between nations might have led to 'papering over the cracks'. I strongly recommend that those interested in international comparisons include this book in their reading. - John Oversby, Science Specialist Interest Group Convenor, British Educational Research Association; Chair, Research Specialist Group, Association for Science Education, UK At a time of increasing globalisation, international comparisons between education systems have become ever more important. This volume brings together contributions from 13 countries and one region (the Middle East) to provide a valuable perspective on key issues in upper secondary science. The result is both informative and, in places, quite surprising. This is a book that should be of value to anyone looking to improve their country's secondary science education or to understand how it compares in its organisation to other countries. - Michael J Reiss, Professor, Institute of Education, University of London, UK I highly recommend this book to secondary science teachers and educational policy personnel, no matter what country they come from, as the book is a fascinating, accurate and up to date account of the issues facing secondary teachers around the world. The book fills in the gap in educational writing on science teaching. As a secondary teacher in Australia who teachers mainly senior secondary classes I found myself in agreement with many of the explanations and opinions put forward by the outstanding group of contributing authors in this well written book based on current research on policy and its application. Stephen Zander, President of the Australian Science Teachers Association Barend Vlaardingerbroek and Neil Taylor provide a fresh and concise summary of the progress of science teaching. The complementary chapter structure allows the reader to easily compare the motives and strategies employed in teaching modern science, both junior and senior, in a variety of jurisdictions around the world. This book is an excellent starting point and reference for anyone looking to compare how and why science is being taught around the globe. - Ross Hudson, Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research

Book Information

ISBN: 9781349446452
Publication date: 6th March 2014
Author: Neil Taylor
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Education, Pre-school & kindergarten, Organization & management of education, Central government policies, Teacher training, Higher & further education, tertiary education,

About Neil Taylor

Simon McGrath, University of Nottingham, UK Terry Lyons, University of New England, Australia Luis Carlos de Menezes, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil Regina Candida Ellero Gualtieri, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil Todd M. Milford, Griffith University, Australia Benny Hin Wai Yung, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Kennedy Kam Ho Chan, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Jari Lavonen, University of Helsinki, Finland Pasi Reinikainen, Finnish Education Evaluation Council, Finland Andras Buda, University of Debrecen, Hungary Noraini Binti Idris, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia Peter Rawlins, Massey University, New Zealand Lone Morris Jorgensen, Massey University, New Zealand Carrol Walkley, ...

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