Science, Society and Sustainability

Education and Empowerment for an Uncertain World

Edited by Donald Gray, Laura Colucci-Gray, Elena Camino

© 2009 – Routledge

224 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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.


"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

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

About the Editors

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).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General