Science Circles contains a wide range of classroom activities designed to engage students in extensive discussion while exploring science topics. The Science Circles approach is developed from the concept that understanding is discourse-based. Scientific literacy is built when students can practise using correct terminology to give explanations and construct arguments based on evidence. The activities are intended to be used in conjunction with standard science textbooks and units. Using Science Circles to complement other science activities and units of work will assist in the vital quest to make classroom science meaningful for each student, and develop a greater readiness to value and use science language and ideas in everyday life.
The topics of Science Circles are those most likely to be included in typical junior science programs, including one from each of the main fields of scientific endeavour:
- The nature of science
- Earth science
- Environmental science.