1st Edition

Science, Society and Sustainability
Education and Empowerment for an Uncertain World

ISBN 9780415995955
Published June 29, 2009 by Routledge
246 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Recent work in science and technological studies has provided a clearer understanding of the way in which science functions in society and the interconnectedness among different strands of science, policy, economy and environment. It is well acknowledged that a different way of thinking is required in order to address problems facing the global community, particularly in relation to issues of risk and uncertainty, which affect humanity as a whole. However, approaches to education in science tend to perpetuate an outmoded way of thinking that is incommensurable with preparing individuals for participation and decision-making in an uncertain, complex world. Drawing on experiences of interdisciplinary dialogue and practice in a higher education context, this book illustrates how reformulating the agenda in science and technology can have a revolutionary impact on learning and teaching in the classroom at all levels. This exceptional study will interest scholars in Education, Science, Technology, and Society, and those looking to further deliberative democracy and civic participation in their students.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Changing Aspects and Roles of Science: Implications for a Sustainable and Democratic Society  Introduction to Part 1: Issues and Scenarios  Donald Gray, Laura Colucci-Gray and Elena Camino  1. From Certainty to Complexity: Science and Technology in a Democratic Society  Alice Benessia  2. Post-Normal Relationships between Science and Society: Implications for Public Engagement  Ângela Guimarães Pereira  3. Active Citizenship, a Case Study: The Controversy of High Speed Rail in the Susa Valley  Luca Giunti and Elena Camino  4. Language and Science  Elena Camino and Martin Dodman with Alice Benessia  Part 2: Science and Sustainability: Implications for the Learning and Teaching Process  Introduction to Part 2: Towards a Sustainability Education  Donald Gray, Laura Colucci-Gray and Elena Camino  5. Sustainable Education  Stephen Sterling  6. Science Education for Sustainability: Teaching Learning Processes with Science Researchers and Trainee Teachers  Elena Camino, Giuseppe Barbiero and Daniela Marchetti  7. Educating the Educators – Primary Teacher Education  Marta Angelotti, Anna Perazzone, Marco Davide Tonon, Fabrizio Bertolino.  Revealing children’s biophilia  Giuseppe Barbiero  8. Role-Play as a Tool for Learning and Participation in a Post-Normal Science Framework  Laura Colucci-Gray.  Conclusions: Complexity, Emancipation and Empowerment  Donald Gray, Laura Colucci-Gray and Elena Camino

View More



Donald Gray is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Aberdeen University.

Laura Colucci-Gray is a Research Fellow at the Scottish Teachers for a New Era, University of Aberdeen.

Elena Camino is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Animal and Human Biology. University of Torino (Italy).


"This exceptional study will interest scholars in education, science, technology and society, and those looking to further deliberative democracy and civic participation in their students."--International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

"Taken as a whole, [this book] is a valuable contribution to the growing collection of scholarship on postnormal science and offers a provocative vision of how education could become sustainable and, in turn, become a tool for fostering sustainability in science and society."--Science Education