The utopia of science education
Castano, C. (2012). The utopia of science education. Cultural Studies of Science Education,7(3), 739-743. Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1007/s11422-012-9424-0
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.
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