This article discusses using studentsâ€™ analysis of media coverage of the March 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear events to develop their knowledge and understanding of geological concepts and related socio-scientific issues. It draws on news reported at that time, identifies themes in those reports, and suggests how this event can be used as a context for learning and teaching part of the Australian curriculum (science) in Year 6 and Year 9. Critical analysis of the media coverage enhances studentsâ€™ scientific literacy, in particular synthesis, evaluation and analysis. Ideas for classroom implementation are discussed.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|