Re/Structuring Science Education

ReUniting Sociological and Psychological Perspectives

  • Wolff-Michael  Roth

Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL FRAMEWORKS

  3. POSITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES

  4. SCIENCE AGENCY ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 244-248

About this book

Introduction

Since its beginnings, science education has been under the influence of psychological theories of knowing and learning, while in more recent years, social constructivist and sociological frameworks have also begun to emerge. With little work being done on showing how the perspectives of these separate approaches might be integrated, this work aims to plug the gap. The book helps lay the groundwork for reuniting sociological and psychological perspectives on the knowing, learning, and teaching of science. Featuring a range of integrative efforts beginning with simple conversation, the chapters here include not only articles but also commentaries that engage with other papers, as well as a useful running narrative that, from the introduction to the epilogue, contextualizes the book and its sections. Specific attention is given to cultural-historical activity theory, which already offers an integration of psychological and cultural-historical (sociological) perspectives on collectively motivated human activities. A number of chapters, as well as the contextualizing narrative, explicitly use this theory as a framework for rethinking science education to achieve the reunification that is the goal of this work.

All the contributors to this volume have produced texts that contribute to the effort of overcoming the extant divide between sociological and psychological approaches to science education research and practice. From very different positions—gender, culture, race—they provide valuable insights to reuniting approaches in both theory and method in the field. As an ensemble, the contributions constitute a rich menu of ideas from which new forms of science education can emerge.

Keywords

Nation conceptual change cultural studies education knowledge construction learning psychology science education teaching urban education

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolff-Michael  Roth
    • 1
  1. 1.Applied Cognitive ScienceUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-3996-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-3995-8
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-3996-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7229
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7237
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