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Blockbuster Science: Checking our positions

The Science Teacher—July/August 2024 (Volume 91, Issue 4)

By Joy Barnes-Johnson

Media has always played a significant role in shaping education. Visual cues and observable phenomena brought to life on screens or through vivid and engrossing sound effects make science accessible to people in ways that textbooks, journals and technical reports cannot. With the release of blockbuster films that tackle complex subjects, the science education community gets a chance to revisit how the story of science is told. This commentary considers how two blockbuster movies might be used to discuss how to teach science-technology-society topics in secondary classrooms. The NSTA Position Statements will also be examined in the context of science storytelling through popular media.

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