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Science | Environment | Health

Towards a Science Pedagogy of Complex Living Systems

  • Unfolds the mutual benefit between science, environmental and health education

  • Emphasises and rethinks the role of pedagogical concepts like informed citizenship and scientific literacy in environmental and health contexts

  • Conceives coping with uncertainty in complex living systems in terms of an interplay between cognitive and affective factors

  • Inspires a new and broadly welcomed approach to science education

Part of the book series: Contributions from Science Education Research (CFSE, volume 10)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Science|Environment|Health: An Introduction

    • Albert Zeyer, Regula Kyburz-Graber
    Pages 1-7
  3. Beyond Prediction and Control

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Narrativity in Complex Systems

      • Hans U. Fuchs, Federico Corni, Elisabeth Dumont
      Pages 31-50Open Access
  4. Shifting the Curriculum Towards Informed Citizenship

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 105-105
    2. Development of Instruments to Assess the Environmental Health Competence: Focusing on Internal Coherence

      • Nuria Álvaro, Javier Montero-Pau, Valentín Gavidia, Olga Mayoral
      Pages 107-127
    3. Planet 2030 and Inclusion for Sustainable Development

      • Eleni Kolokouri, Eftychia Nanni, Katerina Plakitsi
      Pages 129-148
    4. Implementing Environmental and Societal Issues into Science Education through Life Cycle Assessment

      • Sakari Tolppanen, Sirpa Kärkkäinen, Tuula Keinonen
      Pages 181-198

About this book

This book provides a fascinating insight into the on-going process of self- reflection in the Science|Environment|Health (S|E|H) community. The basic vision of a new S|E|H pedagogy is to establish a transdisciplinary dialogue between the three educational fields of science education, environmental education, and health education. This approach finds growing interest among science educators. Since 2014, the ESERA special interest group S|E|H has united both experienced and junior researchers all over Europe in a burgeoning research community.

This book presents a selection of results of these vibrant activities. Systems theory has turned out to be a stimulating theoretical framework for S|E|H. The limits of predictability in complex living systems result in structural uncertainty for decision-making, and they ask for emphasising and rethinking the role of pedagogical concepts like informed citizenship and scientific literacy. They challenge crude scientific determinism in environmental and health education, which all too often ends up with students’ eco- and health depression. Instead, S|E|H conceives coping with uncertainty in terms of an interplay between cognitive and affective factors. The horizon of the future remains always open. Hope must never die in a new S|E|H pedagogy.

Chapter 3 is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

Keywords

  • science education
  • Science, Environment, Health
  • ESERA
  • environmental and health education
  • Cynefin framework
  • understanding of biomedicine
  • online health information
  • Sustainable Development Education
  • Teaching Virology at School
  • Teaching of Environmental Health
  • Science-related Environmental Studies

Editors and Affiliations

  • Science Teacher Education, University of Teacher Education Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

    Albert Zeyer

  • Institute of Education, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

    Regula Kyburz-Graber

About the editors

Albert Zeyer, Dr. med. et dipl. math., is a mathematical physicist and physician. After working as a science teacher and a children’s doctor in Swiss schools and hospitals, he was a senior researcher at the Institute of Education of the University of Zurich. He then became a professor of medicine at the Institute of Health Professions of the University of Applied Sciences Bern. Currently, he is professor of science education and head of science teacher education at the University of Teacher Education Lucerne, Switzerland. His research interests are the transdisciplinary dialogue of science, health and environmental education, and public understanding of science.

Regula Kyburz-Graber, Dr. sc. nat., Professor of Education for secondary school teachers at University of Zurich, Switzerland, 1998-2014. After her studies at ETH in Zurich she was a teacher for Biology in pre-academic classes and she founded research groups in environmental education projects. As professor at University of Zurich she was leader of various cooperative research projects with teachers in national and international contexts. Her research interests are environmental education/education for sustainable development, science education, science at the interface of nature and society, cross-curricular teaching and learning, reflective teaching, and self-regulated learning.


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Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-75297-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)