Resources

Introduction

Since 1977, I  have developed – often with graduate students, teachers and others – many teaching & learning resources that I am happy to share with anyone. Most of them are based on the STEPWISE schema that guides my research – which draws on some basic principles, including:

Resource Collections

These downloadable teacher resources include unit plans made by teachers and individual resources that teachers can use to arrange lessons and student activities.

This site provides videos & downloadable resources to help science teachers to use STEPWISE in distance education contexts.

This graphic novel tells a story of a case in which citizens in Québec City investigated and acted to overcome perceived heavy metal dust pollution. For using it, we provide teaching & learning suggestions, here. These resources are advertised through a summary video, here. We are grateful to Veronique Lalande & Louis Duchesne, citizens highlighted here, and Dr. Chantal Pouliot, who studied their work, for their support.

This resource contains a set of ‘classroom-ready’ teaching & learning materials to help students to develop expertise, confidence & motivation for student-led science inquiry (e.g., experiment & study design) and technology design (e.g., about compromises in design). Note that this older (c1990) resource should be adapted to use STSE issues as bases for learning skills.

Multi-Actant Documentaries

Multi-Actant Documentaries (MADs) are summaries – based on actor-network theory – of several living and non-living actants that we suggest are associated with particular for-profit products or services of science and technology. As shown at right, for example, we have provided – in separate Prezi™ cells – text, graphics and videos of actants like activists, corn, medical doctors, etc. for fast & manufactured foods. After reviewing a MAD, students could suggest ways different actants link with other actants to form sub-networks (dispositifs) that support or oppose the commodity. They could, then, carry out RiNA projects to further investigate the commodity and develop and take social actions to overcome harms they determine in the dispositif. Links to 12 other MADs are provided here.

Graduate Course Literature Summaries

Particularly for my teaching in graduate studies at OISE, but also for my main science teacher education course (Science & Technology in Context), I prepared summaries of publications relevant to each course – like those linked below: