Science education and contemporary times: Finding our way through the challenges

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This chapter argues for science education’s engagement with contemporaneity, and for a repositioning of its research directions to better address the theoretical and methodological challenges raised. To this end, this chapter utilises the more usual discourses of globalisation (for example, Delanty, 2000; Harvey, 2000; Jameson, 1998), as well as Lash’s (2002) formulation of global information culture. It begins by briefly recounting the impact of globalisation on education, and consequently, science education (Carter, 2005), before describing some of Lash’s (2002) perspectives on global information culture relevant to contemporary science education. It sketches out some possible research directions for science education, as well as identifies some of the crucial issues of contemporaneity with which we as science educators can only begin to grapple.


School of Education

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