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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Articles

Merging fact with fiction

Louisa Tomas

Recent research suggests that students' scientific literacy may be improved by having them participate in short story writing tasks on scientific themes. In a recent study, the author investigated the learning experiences of Year 9 students as they wrote a series of short stories that merge scientific information about the socioscientific issue of biosecurity with narrative storylines. Participation in the study enhanced students' familiarity with biosecurity issues, helped them to develop a deeper understanding of related biological concepts, and strengthened their interest in science and their perceptions of the value of science, for themselves and for society as a whole.

Key Learning Areas

Science

Subject Headings

Science teaching
Science literacy
Writing
Middle schooling
Secondary education