Reflecting on the Impacts of Science
Objective D: Reflecting on the Impacts of Science is a great way to include elements of International Mindedness and Global Engagement (IMaGE) to the course, through the Global Contexts and real-world case studies. It doesn’t need to be a weeks-long endeavour and can be a powerful hook or anchor for the unit.
It also doesn’t need to be (should’t be) all doom and gloom (Stephen’s post here). Through connecting wonder for and appreciation of the world we live in and the science that can make it better, we can help drive meaningful, evidence-based inquiry and develop a “fact-based worldview” in our learners. Case studies can really help with this.
Here are some resources:
- National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (Buffalo U)
- Circular Economy Case Studies
- News sources: Guardian Science, Discover Magazine, Newsela
- Data sources: Wolfram|Alpha & loads of databases here
A graphic organiser for analysing case-studies (or developing ideas) in CritD.
The colour image shows some instructions/suggestions. The b/w image can be stuck on the middle of a large sheet for mind-mapping, planning and discussion. To make an editable copy of just the map & instructions, click here.
The presentation below includes some sample case study videos and a lesson plan for tuning-in to Crit D. As always, this is Creative Commons, attribution, share-alike work, so please use appropriately.
What if we made explicit connections to the Sustainable Development Goals in the place of the factors in CritD? There are many natural connections and some amazing resources out there, including Our World in Data’s SDG Tracker. See the presentation below for some outlines, hexagonal thinking cards and links to datasets.
I’ll keep adding to this post over time.
[IMaGE = International Mindedness and Global Engagment. To see my dissertation & resources on this, click here.]