The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools
PSED 446/546
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools

Meeting Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
Meeting Place: 117 Gessner


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"Good science is not how many answers you know, but how you behave when you don't know the answer"
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"Good science teaching is not how many answers you know, but how you behave when the students don't know the answer"
(Robert Cohen)

"The fatal pedagogical error [is] to throw answers, like stones, at the heads of those who have not yet asked the questions."
(Paul Tillich, 1886-1965, as quoted by Julian Weissglass on page 59 of Exploring Elementary Mathematics, 1979, W.H.Freeman & Co.)

"It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate. "
(Rachel Carson, 1956, The Sense of Wonder, p. 45)

"'Cheshire Puss,...Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?' 'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat. 'I don't much care where--' said Alice. 'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat."
(Lewis Carroll, 1865, Alice in Wonderland, Chapter 6)


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Last updated: August, 2013
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