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Year: 1997 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Excellence Recipients
Franklin Jenkins, a chemistry teacher at Ross Sheppard High School in Edmonton, has spent his 30-year career helping students grasp the nature of science. He believes this is the key to developing a solid understanding of how science, technology and society mesh every day. His classroom programs hone students' ability to think and solve problems. In one exercise, they collected articles on science and society issues, such as nuclear energy, and classified the author's perspective on an issue using a current list of possibilities, such as technological, ecological, economic or political. When an article could not be classified, students revised the classification system, perhaps adding a new perspective. The result is a list of 12 perspectives on science and society issues now used by thousands of students. In such ways "Dr. J" involves his students in exploring new science education concepts.