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Science Education from People for People
Taking a Stand(point)

Edited By

Wolff-Michael Roth

ISBN 9780415995559
Published April 1, 2009 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

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


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