Speaker Name(s): Erminia Pedretti, PhD Description: Erminia Pedretti, PhD
Department of Curriculum, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
Daily we are confronted with science-related issues such as air and water quality, power generation, the ubiquitous use of petrochemicals, bioengineering, global warming, pandemic health threats and poverty, to name a few. These issues encompass scientific, technological, societal, environmental, ethical, economic and political dimensions. How do we equip students to deal with such an array of contemporary and pervasive socioscientific issues? How do we move school science beyond teaching students a narrow range of knowledge and skills toward a broader issues-based approach? The speaker will explore the potential role of science education in addressing these questions.