Cultural Perspectives in Science Education

Activity Theory in Formal and Informal Science Education

Editors: Plakitsi, Katerina (Ed.)

  • The volume highlights the potential of Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) to become a substantial paradigm for science teaching and learning in formal and informal learning environments as well as for teacher training. The connection of CHAT with Science Education is made through curriculum design, ICT micro-activities, workshops, scenarios and other tools that incorporate societal, cultural, historical elements of science.

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The purpose of this book is to establish a broader context for rethinking science learning and teaching by using cultural historical activity theoretic approach. Activity theory already steps in its third generation and only a few works have been done on its applications to science education, especially in Europe. The context takes into account more recent developments in activity theory applications in US, Canada, Australia and Europe. The chapters articulate new ways of thinking about learning and teaching science i.e., new theoretical perspectives and some case studies of teaching important scientific topics in/for compulsory education. The ultimate purpose of each chapter and the collective book as a whole is to prepare the ground upon which a new pedagogy in science education can be emerged to provide more encompassing theoretical frameworks that allow us to capture the complexity of science learning and teaching as it occurs in and out-of schools. The book captures the dialogic and interactive nature of the transferring the activity theory to both formal and informal science education. It also contributes to the development of innovative curricula, school science textbooks, educational programs and ICT’s materials. As a whole, the book moves theorizing and practicing of science education into new face and uncharted terrain. It is recommended to new scholars and researchers as well as teachers/researchers.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Activity Theory in Formal and Informal Science Education

    Plakitsi, Katerina

    Pages 1-15

  • Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) Framework and Science Education in the Positivistic Tradition

    Plakitsi, Katerina

    Pages 17-26

  • Teaching Science in Science Museums and Science Centers

    Plakitsi, Katerina

    Pages 27-56

  • Rethinking the Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Science Education

    Plakitsi, Katerina

    Pages 57-81

  • Chat in Developing new Environmental Science Curricula, School Textbooks, and Web-Based Applications for the First Grades

    Plakitsi, Katerina (et al.)

    Pages 83-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Activity Theory in Formal and Informal Science Education
Editors
  • Katerina Plakitsi
Series Title
Cultural Perspectives in Science Education
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-6091-317-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6091-317-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 253
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