Science education and its reform: a humanistic project?
Presented by Professor Jim Donnelly
In this seminar I will draw on a number of papers to argue that, since the inception of mass science education, both supporters and critics of its expansion have found its educational role problematic. From the late nineteenth century until the present there have been regular calls for and attempts at reform, focusing particularly on the conflicted place of scientific knowledge. I will suggest that an underlying impetus within the reform efforts (not necessarily explicitly acknowledged, or even recognized) has been to imitate the humanities. I may cast some doubt on the coherence and likely success of this project.
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