Fear and Loathing in Science Education
Hutson, Joel David
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An appreciation of science is essential to a student's perspective on life. Science educators today must be aware that stimulating an interest for science in students is important for helping them succeed in an increasingly technological society and job market. A good background in science education is also important for promoting public support and understanding of the scientific community. Throughout my student teaching internship I attempted to assimilate certain inquiry-based activities into projects that would provide my high school biology students with opportunities to experience science as a process. Experiencing science through active learning can help students overcome their ignorance of science and the methods by which scientists operate. I encountered strong levels of resistance and anxiety from my students in the course of their projects. I discovered that science anxiety is a widespread problem with a variety of sources and that it adversely affects how well science educators prepare today's children to be the citizens of tomorrow.