Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 513–519 | Cite as

Science education — I: The spirit of science

  • Victor L. Pollak


In these two essays we explore the questions: what are the essential features of a workable context for science education? What are the givens, the “of courses,” the “fundamental dispositions” toward science and toward education necessary — or at least sufficient — to provide a fertile ground upon which a functional approach to science education can be established? In the present essay it is argued first that science education must reflect that science is a way of thinking — in fact, more comprehensively, a way of being; and second, and that the fundamentally antiauthoritarian spirit of science must be reconciled with education, with its built-in tendency to be authoritarian.

Key words

Science education science education reform scientific literacy philosophy of education existentialism in education 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor L. Pollak
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte

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