Philosophy of Science: Science in the Media – Middle Spring
NEW Course! “The media permeates our lives on the Internet…but is scientific reporting actually reflective of real science? Let’s discuss that!”
~ Prof. Emma Stein
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|Instructor||Prof. Emma Stein|
|Content Levels||Grades 7-8 • Junior High|
Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
|Course Length||8 weeks|
|Live Webinars Held On||Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:50 AM Pacific - 3/26/24 - 5/18/24|
How can we best present science in the media–in an understandable way? What about the spread of pseudoscience and misrepresentation of data?
In this course, we’ll grapple with questions surrounding science in the media together! Our discussions will take us through eight major questions that modern scientists are still trying to find answers to.
Where will our discussions take us?
For a list of scientific skills students will develop, see the What to Expect tab.
What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:
- Two forums—in which students are given the opportunity to reflect upon the week’s material or complete a relevant activity.
What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:
- Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
What to expect during the weekly webinar:
- Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
- Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
- Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
- An activity at the end of the webinar.
Scientific skills students will develop:
- Scientific thought skills.
- Perspective on current issues in science in the media.
- Confidence sharing their perspectives with others–and ability to find common ground.
- Researching using general Internet sources.
Before taking this course, students should be able to:
- Read at a solid 7th-grade level or above.
- Write a few sentences independently.
Students should be willing to:
- Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
- Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
- Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.
Required books & materials:
- No required books or materials