Scientific literacy is one of the main goals of the contemporary effort to educate the citizens of tomorrow towards decision-making. The two main meanings of scientific literacy, which support and complement each other, are: (1) the ability to read, interpret and write scientific text, and (2) the knowledge of scientific ideas and the ability to use them in a scientific manner.
The main goal of the course is to promote scientific literacy through scientific reading and writing practices, which are inextricably linked to the very nature and fabric of science, and by extension, to learning science. To this end, participants will:
- Get acquainted with various scientific text genres which are used for science communication and learning,
- Develop and apply strategies for critically reading scientific texts,
- Depict the standards of scientific writing and reporting,
- Analyze the reading and writing-related difficulties that students and teachers encounter,
- Design teaching strategies that integrate scientific texts
- Explore novel paradigm-changing research articles and adapt them to classroom learning materials.
All aspects are taught using the constructivist and socio-cultural perspectives about learning, through the integration of research-based theoretical foundations, practical skills, and reflective and critical standpoints on teaching, learning, and learning outcomes.