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Cultural Perspectives in Science Education

Being and Becoming Scientists Today

Reconstructing Assumptions about Science and Science Education toReclaim a Learner–Scientist Perspective

Authors: Kirch, Susan A., Amoroso, Michele

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  • The authors contribute to the science education literature with a new approach to teaching and learning by introducing the Being and Becoming Scientists Today Framework, which focuses on learners’ questions rather than static answers from the scientific canon
  • The authors show how teachers and their students can be and become scientists today by presenting a new model for reorganizing science learning around the learner-scientist perspective and providing classroom tools and examples from their research in New York City schools
  • Can I contribute to science? Do I like to work on the problems of science?  These are the questions that arose in this cultural-historical approach to rethinking elementary science education from the perspective of learner-scientists and resulted in a new approach to teaching and learning science detailed here
  • Science does not have to be taught from a disciplinary perspective as something that experts do, Kirch and Amoroso show readers a new way to teach science that respects the learner’s perspective      
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"• Can I contribute to science?• Do I like to work on the problems of science? • How do scientists know what they know?• Would I like to be|become a scientist? 
These are questions that interest new science students.  
The authors provide teachers with an approach to foster and answer these questions by concentrating on learners and learning. They argue that students are typically taught from a disciplinary perspective of science. Using this lens students are viewed as people who need to learn a particular canon of information, methods, and ways of knowing about the world—a perspective that may be useful for practicing scientists, but not ideal for young learners. In this disciplinary approach to science education there is little room for development as a scientist. In contrast, the approach championed by Kirch and Amoroso places learner questions about the world at the forefront of teaching and learning and treats science as a system of human activity. 
The historical explorations, theoretical insights and practical advice presented here are appropriate for all ages and educational settings. In Being and Becoming Scientists Today, the authors provide: new tools for thinking about science, ideas for how to reveal the multiple stories of knowledge production to learners, and approaches to teaching science as a collective process rather than a series of contributions made by (famous) individuals. In these ways, the authors promote the idea that all science learners contribute to the science in our lives."      

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Being and Becoming Scientists Today
Book Subtitle
Reconstructing Assumptions about Science and Science Education toReclaim a Learner–Scientist Perspective
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Perspectives in Science Education
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6300-349-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6300-349-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 234
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