Ethical-Ecological Holism in Science Pedagogy: In Honor of Sea Urchins

Part of the Environmental Discourses in Science Education book series (EDSE, volume 2)


In this chapter, we explore the unquestioned use and killing of animals in biological education, through a mixed-methods study involving narrative inquiry, poetic inquiry, and essay composition. Based on our results, we call for a shift to a more ethical-ecological holistic framework for science pedagogy. We argue that, for this shift to occur, we need to critically re-examine the foundational philosophical basis of, as well as accompanying psychological work that goes into, the de-animated and desacralized empiricist worldview. We also propose to re-animate, and to reclaim a sacred perception of, the world through aesthetic and contemplative practices alongside scientific investigations.


Animal research Holistic education Biology pedagogy Goethean epistemology Delicate empiricism Contemplative science Poetic inquiry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversitySurreyCanada
  3. 3.Unit 304VancouverCanada

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