Encyclopedia of Science Education

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Feminism and Science Education

  • Louise Archer
  • Heidi CarloneEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_258-1


Feminism and Science Education

There is no single, coherent recognized “feminism.” Rather the feminist movement comprises a range of different schools of thought, organizations, collectives, and loosely formed groups and allegiances, which are often organized around particular foci or theoretical standpoints, which change and develop across time and context. In this sense, it may be more accurate to talk of feminist approaches to science education (or “feminisms” and science education). Examples of different feminist approaches to science education include liberal, radical, socialist, black, and poststructuralist, to name a few. Despite the diversity of theoretical and political lenses and ideologies that feminists bring to science education, feminist approaches do share some common assumptions, namely, the belief that gender inequality is wrong and needs to be challenged, that women are oppressed/dominated by men, and that...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education and Professional StudiesKing’s CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Teacher Education & Higher EducationThe University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroUSA