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ERIC Number: EJ1054731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
A Critique of Science Education as Sociopolitical Action from the Perspective of Liberal Education
Hadzigeorgiou, Yannis
Science & Education, v24 n3 p259-280 Apr 2015
This paper outlines the rationale underpinning the conception of science education as sociopolitical action, and then presents a critique of such a conception from the perspective of liberal education. More specifically, the paper discusses the importance of the conception of science education as sociopolitical action (e.g., it can provide students with opportunities to link school and society, it can offer them opportunities for more meaningful experiences, and it can also empower them as citizens) and then raises questions about the content of school science, about the place and value of scientific inquiry, and about the opportunities students have for self-directed inquiry. The central idea behind the critique is that a conception of science education as sociopolitical action downplays the importance of knowledge for its own sake and totally neglects the personal/aesthetic dimension of science.
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Language: English
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