Journal or Book Title
Journal of Chemical Education
Currently the scientific community is trying to increase the general population’s knowledge of science. These efforts stem from the fact that the citizenry needs a better understanding of scientific knowledge to make informed decisions on many issues of current concern. The problem of scientific illiteracy begins in grade school and can be traced to inadequate exposure to science and scientific thinking during the preparation of K–8 teachers. Typically preservice elementary teachers are required to take only one or two disconnected science courses to obtain their teaching certificates. Also, introductory science courses are often large and impersonal, with the result that while students pass the courses, they may learn very little and retain even less.
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American Chemical Society
Gunter, Mickey E.; Gammon, Steven D.; Kearney, Robert J.; Waller, Brenda E.; and Oliver, David J., "Development and Implementation of an Integrated Science Course for Elementary Education Majors" (1997). Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications. 8.