Shadows of the Past

Historical Interpretation, Propaganda, and the Story of Ender Wiggin
  • Christopher Andrew Brkich
  • Tim Barko
  • Katie Lynn Brkich
Part of the Imagination and Praxis book series (IPCC)


Popular science fiction provides classroom teachers multiple rich opportunities to adopt a critical lens in examining the ways in which governments and their people interact. Given the highly contested nature of both the social and natural sciences presently in the schools – particularly because of the ways in which these subject areas impact the political arena at the local, regional, and national levels – these serve as excellent fora in which to use popular science fiction to teach about and around socioscientific issues (SSI) and controversial public issues (CPI).


Social Study Science Fiction Historical Narrative Socioscientific Issue Georgia Department 
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  • Christopher Andrew Brkich
  • Tim Barko
  • Katie Lynn Brkich

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