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Science Education from People for People

Taking a Stand(point), 1st Edition

Edited by Wolff-Michael Roth


220 pages

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Contributing to the social justice agenda of redefining what science is and what it means in the everyday lives of people, this book

  • introduces science educators to various dimensions of viewing science and scientific literacy from the standpoint of the learner, engaged with real everyday concerns within or outside school;
  • develops a new form of scholarship based on the dialogic nature of science as process and product; and
  • achieves these two objectives in a readable but scholarly way.

Opposing the tendency to teach and do research as if science, science education, and scientific literacy could be imposed from the outside, the authors want science education to be for people rather than strictly about how knowledge gets into their heads. Taking up the challenges of this orientation, science educators can begin to make inroads into the currently widespread irrelevance of science in the everyday lives of people. Utmost attention has been given to making this book readable by the people from whose lives the topics of the chapters emerge, all the while retaining academic integrity and high-level scholarship.

Wolff Michael Roth has been awarded the Distinguished Contributions Award by The National Association for Research in Science Teaching, for his contributions to research in this field.

He has also been elected to be the Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Table of Contents


1. Taking a Stand(point): Introduction to a Science (Education) from People for People

Wolff-Michael Roth



2. Revisiting and Reconsidering Authenticity in Science Education:

Theory and the Lived Experiences of two African American Females

Eileen Carlton Parsons

3. Faith in a Seed: Social Memory, Local Knowledge, and Scientific Practice

Carol B. Brandt

4. Language and Experience of Self in Science and Transnational Migration

SungWon Hwang & Wolff-Michael Roth

5. Reality Pedagogy: Hip Hop Culture and the Urban Science Classroom

Chris Emdin

6. Sister City, Sister Science: Science Education for Sustainable Living and Learning in the New Borderlands

Katherine Richardson Bruna, Hannah Lewis

7. Cultural Encounters, Countering Enculturation: Metalogues about Cultures and School Science

Carol B. Brandt, Chris Emdin, SungWon Hwang, Eileen Parsons, Katherine Richardson Bruna, Wolff-Michael Roth



8. Mothering and science literacy: Challenging Truth-Making and Authority through Counterstory

Angela Barton Calabrese

9. Living with Chronic Illness: An Institutional Ethnography of the (Medical) Science and Scientific Literacy in Everyday Life

Wolff-Michael Roth

10. A Stranger in a "Real" Land: Engineering Expertise in on an Engineering Campus

Karen Tonso

11. Diversity of Knowledges and Contradictions: A Metalogue

Angela Barton Calabrese, Karen Tonso, Wolff-Michael Roth


12. Appreciating Difference in and for Itself: An Epilogue

Wolff-Michael Roth


About the Editor


Wolff-Michael Roth is Lansdowne Professor of Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Victoria, Canada.


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology