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ERIC Number: ED544491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
Science Education and the Work of Art
Toscano, Maurizio
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Dec 2-6, 2012)
Martin Heidegger's seminal essay, "The Origin of the Work of Art", captures much of what is original and enduring in his philosophical offering. Although his essay takes as its subject the relationship between art, the work of art and the artist; Heidegger's inquiry covers conceptual ground that is particularly pertinent to science education. More precisely: given the ubiquity and importance of things and equipment in the science classroom, Heidegger's meticulous inquiry into the nature of "things", "equipment" and "the work" offers the potential for a re-conceptualisation of science education that loosens the grip of traditional accounts. This paper adopts the approach and conclusions put forward in Heidegger's essay in order to examine philosophically the status of things and equipment in the science classroom. While it draws upon Heidegger's inquiry into the work of art, it goes beyond his analysis by examining the relationship between science, science education and art, and the special role that science teaching plays in instantiating these connections. In doing so, the paper puts forward the claim that the "work" of the science teacher may be conceived of as "works of art" in the Heideggerian sense; and provides the basis for a postmodern interpretation of science education. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Language: English
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