May 23, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Online and in the Healey Room, Westminster College, Cambridge

Revd Prof. Michael J Reiss

On 23rd May at 1pm Revd Prof Michael J Reiss will give a seminar entitled ‘Learning to teach controversial topics in school science education’.

A light sandwich lunch will be provided from 12:30 in the Healey Room, Westminster College, Cambridge.


Topics in school may be controversial because the basic science is uncertain, but usually they are controversial for other reasons, in particular if there are conflicting values, opinions or interests. There are different ways of teaching controversial issues in science classrooms and each has advantages and disadvantages, which I will discuss. I will then concentrate on the topics of evolution, climate change and vaccines, each of which has elements of controversy.