A Global Dimension to Science Education in Schools

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16Website

This is a free online course from the Open University. It focuses on the importance of including a global dimension to science lessons. It addresses questions such as: “What contributions to science have been made by those outside the ‘Western world’?” “Why should school science reflect the subject’s diverse roots?” and “Can learning science from a global perspective motivate students and so raise achievement?”

The course also contains science lesson plans, activities, and quizzes that include a global dimension. Activities cover a range of topics such as “How can a mobile phone kill a gorilla?” or “Investigating Housing in Saudi Arabia.” The site also includes audio interviews with science teachers around the UK on how they have incorporated a global dimension in their lessons.

The unit is is no longer taught by The Open University, but the archive version is available online.


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