1st Edition

Virtues as Integral to Science Education Understanding the Intellectual, Moral, and Civic Value of Science and Scientific Inquiry

Edited By Wayne Melville, Donald Kerr Copyright 2021
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    By investigating the re-emergence of intellectual, moral, and civic virtues in the practice and teaching of science, this text challenges the increasing professionalization of science; questions the view of scientific knowledge as objective; and highlights the relationship between democracy and science.


    Written by a range of experts in science, the history of science, education and philosophy, the text establishes the historical relationship between natural philosophy and the Aristotelian virtues before moving to the challenges that the relationship faces, with the emergence, and increasing hegemony, brought about by the professionalization of science. Exploring how virtues relate to citizenship, technology, and politics, the chapters in this work illustrate the ways in which virtues are integral to understanding the values and limitations of science, and its role in informing democratic engagement. The text also demonstrates how the guiding virtues of scientific inquiry can be communicated in the classroom to the benefit of both individuals and wider societies.


    Scholars in the fields of Philosophy of Science, Ethics and Philosophy of Education, as well as Science Education, will find this book to be highly useful.


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    About the Contributors


    Max L. Longhurst


    Chapter 1: Science Education and the Virtues

    Wayne Melville and Donald Kerr

    Chapter 2: The Links Between the Virtues, Science, and Science Education

    Mark A. Bloom

    Chapter 3: The Good, the Bad and the Study

    David P. Burns, Anya Goldin, Allison Gonzalez Biagi and Natasha Lopes

    Chapter 4: Vocation, Science, and the Good Life

    Emanuele Ratti and Nathaniel A. Warne

    Chapter 5: The Rise Of Neoliberalism and the Changing Emphasis On What Is Valued In Science Education

    Lyn Carter

    Chapter 6: Countering Scientism And Skepticism in Teaching the Nature Of Science Through Its Virtues

    Matt Ferkany and Catherine Kendig

    Chapter 7. Teachers, Virtues and Professional Practice

    Ian C. Binns

    Chapter 8: Informal Science Learning Environments and Contextualized Innovation Spaces (Jugaad): Exploring Phronesis and a Virtue-based Theory Of Knowledge

    Geeta Verma

    Chapter 9: The Virtue Of Citizenship: The Deficit Of Democratic Politics In Science Education

    Claes Malmberg and Anders Urbas

    Chapter 10: Science Teaching as a Moral Endeavor: Making Sense from Critical Sociocultural and Heritage Perspectives

    Bhaskar Upadhyay


    Wayne Melville, Ph.D., is Professor of Science Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University, Canada.

    Donald Kerr, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University, and Chair of the Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education.