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Being and Becoming Scientists Today

Reconstructing Assumptions about Science and Science Education to Reclaim a Learner–Scientist Perspective

2016 - 250 pages

Susan A. Kirch (New York University, USA) and Michele Amoroso (New York City Department of Education, USA)

ISBN Paperback: 9789463003476 ($ 32.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789463003483 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789463003490

Subject: Education General, Science Education, Learning, Professional Development

Number 7 of the series: Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Science Education: Research Dialogs

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• Can I contribute to science?

• Do I like to work on the problems of science?

• How do scientists know what they know?

• Would I like to be|become a scientist?                      


These are questions that interest new science students. 

The authors provide teachers with an approach to foster and answer these questions by concentrating on learners and learning. They argue that students are typically taught from a disciplinary perspective of science.Using this lens students are viewed as people who need to learn a particular canon of information, methods, and ways of knowing about the world—a perspective that may be useful for practicing scientists, but not ideal for young learners. In this disciplinary approach to science education there is little room for development as a scientist. In contrast, the approach championed by Kirch and Amoroso places learner questions about the world at the forefront of teaching and learning and treats science as a system of human activity.

The historical explorations, theoretical insights and practical advice presented here are appropriate for all ages and educational settings. In Being and Becoming Scientists Today, the authors provide: new tools for thinking about science, ideas for how to reveal the multiple stories of knowledge production to learners, and approaches to teaching science as a collective process rather than a series of contributions made by (famous) individuals. In these ways, the authors promote the idea that all science learners contribute to the science in our lives.

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