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Beliefs and Values in Science Education

Michael Poole

Open University Press., (Softcover), 146 pp., 1995

Item# B107
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This book examines ways in which beliefs and values interact with science and science teaching. It looks at some of the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural contexts within which science has developed and considers how these factors can affect the choice of scientific theory. Various historical sections provide resource material for showing pupils the role of the history of science in the study of science. Interactions between science and religious belief are also analyzed to clarify the nature, strengths and limitations of science, as well as its place in the total curriculum.

Publication of this book is particularly timely as contributions to pupils' spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development are currently receiving emphasis across the whole curriculum.

About the Author
Michael Poole taught science for 14 years at a South London Comprehensive School. He then undertook some broadcasting work on beliefs and values in science and was for 20 years a Lecturer in Science Education at King's College London, where he is currently Visting Research Fellow. His research interest is in the interplay between science and religion with special reference to the educational context.


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