This  paper  is  based on  my  thesis:  "A  study of  teaching and  learning  about  the  paradoxical concept  of physical  and  chemical  change".  One  feature  that  arises  is  the  way  in  which  textbook  authors  in  the  past saw an understanding of physical and chemical change as being essential to an understanding of the world. Has this changed?

Information   about   the   part   that   chemical   change   plays   in   many   current   issues   needs   to   be communicated  to  the  general  public  and  I  believe  that  if  the  public  understood  what  a  chemical  change was,  they  would  be  better  able  to  have  valid  opinions  about  these  issues.  Some  case  studies  about  a number  of  scientifically  related  issues  in  Northern  Australia  will  be  considered  and  the  media’s  role  in clarifying some of these issues will be examined.

The paper thus attempts to integrate:
the public understanding of science
the concept of chemical change.
 
 

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Chemical change in the news

Bill Palmer   Northern Territory University, Australia

This  paper  is  based on  my  thesis:  "A  study of  teaching and  learning  about  the  paradoxical concept  of physical  and  chemical  change".  One  feature  that  arises  is  the  way  in  which  textbook  authors  in  the  past saw an understanding of physical and chemical change as being essential to an understanding of the world. Has this changed?

Information   about   the   part   that   chemical   change   plays   in   many   current   issues   needs   to   be communicated  to  the  general  public  and  I  believe  that  if  the  public  understood  what  a  chemical  change was,  they  would  be  better  able  to  have  valid  opinions  about  these  issues.  Some  case  studies  about  a number  of  scientifically  related  issues  in  Northern  Australia  will  be  considered  and  the  media’s  role  in clarifying some of these issues will be examined.

The paper thus attempts to integrate:
the public understanding of science
the concept of chemical change.
 
 

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