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ERIC Number: EJ846664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Public Reason and Teaching Science in a Multicultural World: A Comment on Cobern and Loving--"An Essay for Educators..." in the Light of John Rawls' Political Philosophy
Zeyer, Albert
Science & Education, v18 n8 p1095-1100 Aug 2009
This is a comment on the article "An Essay for Educators: Epistemological Realism Really is Common Sense" written by Cobern and Loving in "Science & Education." The skillful analysis of the two authors concerning the problematic role of scientism in school science is fully appreciated, as is their diagnosis that it is scientism not universal scientific realism which is the cause of epistemological imperialism. But how should science teachers deal with scientism in the concrete every day situation of the science classroom and in contact with classes and students? John Rawls' concept of public reason offers three "cardinal strategies" to achieve this aim: proviso, declaration and conjecture. The theoretical framework is provided, the three strategies are described and their relevance is fleshed out in a concrete example.
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