Toward Awakening Consciousness: A Response to EcoJustice Education and Science Education

  • Michael L. Bentley
Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 3)


In “Ecojustice Education for Science Educators,” Rebecca Martusewicz, John Lupinacci, and Gary Schnakenberg break new ground for the field of science education in relating long-known limits to our ability to understand the cosmos to those eternal mysteries they identify as the meaning of “sacred.” Our fundamental unawareness was well-understood by the medical researcher and gifted science writer, Lewis Thomas, who wrote that, “[t]he only solid piece of scientific truth about which I feel totally confident is that we are profoundly ignorant of nature” (1974, p. 58). Beginning with the premise of our fundamental inability to ever fully know, Martusewicz, Lupinacci, and Schnakenberg argue that to achieve a sustainable society in proper relation to the ecosystem, science educators will have to rethink the curriculum and adopt a different approach to instruction.


Science Education Science Teacher Community School Charter School Sustainable Society 
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  • Michael L. Bentley
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  1. 1.University of TennesseeTennesseeUSA

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