Cultural Studies of Science Education

Imagination of Science in Education

From Epics to Novelization

Authors: van Eijck, Michiel, Roth, Wolff-Michael

  • Is the only book that focuses on images of science as a topic relevant to science education
  • Groundbreaking in bringing together research on students’ images of science and research on images of science in textbooks
  • Provides an outlook on how to change science education in order to provide the resources for novelized images of science
  • Brings together two fields of research in science education that were until now rather separated fields of study: the psychologically informed research on students’ images of science and the semiotically informed research on images of science in textbooks
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Researchers agree that schools construct a particular image of science, in which some characteristics are featured while others end up in oblivion. The result is that although most children are likely to be familiar with images of heroic scientists such as Einstein and Darwin, they rarely learn about the messy, day-to-day practice of science in which scientists are ordinary humans. Surprisingly, the process by which this imagination of science in education occurs has rarely been theorized. This is all the more remarkable since great thinkers tend to agree that the formation of images — imagination — is at the root of how human beings modify their material world. Hence this process in school science is fundamental to the way in which scientists, being the successful agents in/of science education, actually create their own scientific enterprise once they take up their professional life.

One of the first to examine the topic, this book takes a theoretical approach to understanding the process of imagining science in education. The authors utilize a number of interpretive studies in both science and science education to describe and contrast two opposing forces in the imagination of science in education: epicization and novelization. Currently, they argue, the imagination of science in education is dominated by epicization, which provides an absolute past of scientific heroes and peak discoveries. This opens a distance between students and today’s scientific enterprises, and contrasts sharply with the wider aim of science education to bring the actual world of science closer to students.

To better understand how to reach this aim, the authors offer a detailed look at novelization, which is a continuous renewal of narratives that derives from dialogical interaction. The book brings together two hitherto separate fields of research in science education: psychologically informed research on students’ images of science and semiotically informed research on images of science in textbooks. Drawing on a series of studies in which children participate in the imagination of science in and out of the classroom, the authors show how the process of novelization actually occurs in the practice of education and outline the various images of science this process ultimately yields.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Heroes of Science

    Eijck, Michiel (et al.)

    Pages 3-25

  • What Scientific Heroes Are (Not) Doing

    Eijck, Michiel (et al.)

    Pages 27-51

  • Science as One Form of Human Knowing

    Eijck, Michiel (et al.)

    Pages 55-71

  • Science as Dynamic Practice

    Eijck, Michiel (et al.)

    Pages 73-90

  • Scientific Literacy in the Wild

    Eijck, Michiel (et al.)

    Pages 93-109

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-5392-1
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-5391-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8173-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imagination of Science in Education
Book Subtitle
From Epics to Novelization
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Studies of Science Education
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5392-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5392-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5391-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8173-2
Series ISSN
1879-7229
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 240
Topics