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ERIC Number: ED506504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 63
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 168
On Humanistic Science Education
Hadzigeorgiou, Yannis
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As the potency of science and its impact upon society grow, the need for a humanistic perspective on science education becomes ever more urgent. Although there is not a consensus about a humanistic conception of science education, this monograph presents a normative conception of humanistic science education, which places primacy on the notion of the involvement of the self with the object of study (i.e., a science idea, a socio-scientific issue/problem), so that both personal development and the achievement of social goals become a possibility. The monograph discusses this central notion of involvement by addressing also three other related issues/ideas, namely, the purpose of learning science, the awareness of the significance of the object of study, and the personal/aesthetic dimension of learning science, that is three notions/ideas that have not received attention by the science education community. The problems/limitations associated with these issues/ideas are also discussed. The main idea that drives the discussion throughout the monograph is that a humanistic perspective on science education should be based on a deeper involvement of the self, and therefore, the ideas of purpose, significance, and aesthetics need to be seriously considered by science educators and science teachers. On this ground, a reexamination and perhaps a reconsideration of various student-centered and socially oriented approaches are imperative.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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