178 pages | 5 B/W Illus.
Equity, Exclusion and Everyday Science Learning explores how some people are excluded from science education and communication. Taking the role of science in society as a starting point, it critically examines the concept of equity in science learning and develops a framework to support inclusive change.
This book presents a theoretically informed, empirically detailed analysis of how people from minoritised groups in the UK experience science and everyday science learning resources in their daily lives. The book draws on two years of ethnographic research carried out in London with five community groups who identified as Asian, Somali, Afro-Caribbean, Latin American and Sierra Leonean. Exploring their experiences of everyday science learning from a sociological perspective, with social justice as a guiding concern, this book opens with a theory of exclusion and closes with a theory of inclusion.
Equity, Exclusion and Everyday Science Learning is not only an essential text for postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers of Science Education, Science Communication and Museum Studies, but for any professional working in museums, science centres and institutional public engagement.
"Dr. Emily Dawson provides a much-needed perspective on science education, pointing out the issues that are difficult to grasp or even see from our privileged vantage points."
Marianne Achiam, Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen
"Issues of equity and exclusion are vital considerations for informal science learning research, policy and practice. This book offers a powerful and much-needed analysis based, crucially, on the views and experiences of those who are usually excluded from settings such as science museums and centres due to inequalities of 'race', social class and gender. A 'must read' for anyone concerned with equity and inclusion in informal science learning"
Louise Archer, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, UCL Institute of Education.
Preface and acknowledgements; ONE. Introduction: exploring exclusion; TWO. Understanding exclusion; THREE. Mapping participation; FOUR. No ‘taste’ for science?; FIVE. Feeling excluded; SIX. Being excluded; SEVEN. Transforming everyday science learning; EIGHT. Afterword; APPENDIX. Research methods