The utopia of science education

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In this forum I expand on the ideas I initially presented in “Extending the purposes of science education: addressing violence within socio-economic disadvantaged communities” by responding to the comments provided by Matthew Weinstein, Francis Broadway and Sheri Leafgren. Focusing on their notion of utopias and superheroes, I ask us to reconsider science as inevitably violent. Utopia is a concept that contributes to articulating our ideals, and serves to give us perspective on how our current reality differs from our goals. I suggest that by recognising alternative views of nature, science and “superheroes” we could see a science that is committed to the lives and struggles of students as well as the lives and struggles of other animals.


School of Education

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