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Cultural, Social, and Political Perspectives in Science Education

A Nordic View

  • Kathrin Otrel-Cass
  • Martin Krabbe Sillasen
  • Auli Arvola Orlander

Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Auli Arvola Orlander, Martin Krabbe Sillasen, Kathrin Otrel-Cass
    Pages 1-4
  3. Kathrin Otrel-Cass
    Pages 5-11
  4. Helen Hasslöf, Iann Lundegård
    Pages 69-74
  5. Gerd Johansen, Guðrún Jónsdóttir, Stein Dankert Kolstø
    Pages 113-132
  6. Kathrin Otrel-Cass
    Pages 179-195
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-211

About this book


This book presents a collection of critical thinking that concern cultural, social and political issues for science education in the Nordic countries. The chapter authors describe specific scenarios to challenge persisting views, interrogate frameworks and trouble contemporary approaches to researching teaching and learning in science. Taking a point of departure in empirical examples from the Nordic countries the collection of work is taking a critical sideways glance at the Nordic education principles. Critical examinations target specifically those who are researching in the fields of science education research to question whether conventional research approaches, foci and theoretical approaches are sufficient in a world of science education that is neither politically neutral, nor free of cultural values.  Attention is not only on the individual learner but on the cultural, social and political conditions and contexts in science education. The different chapters review debates and research in teacher education, school teaching and learning including when external stakeholders are involved. Even though the chapters are contextualized in Nordic settings there will be similarities and parallels that will be informative to the international science education research community.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kathrin Otrel-Cass
    • 1
  • Martin Krabbe Sillasen
    • 2
  • Auli Arvola Orlander
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Learning and PhilosophyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.VIA University College, Teacher EducationSilkeborgDenmark
  3. 3.Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cultural, Social, and Political Perspectives in Science Education
  • Book Subtitle A Nordic View
  • Editors Kathrin Otrel-Cass
    Martin Krabbe Sillasen
    Auli Arvola Orlander
  • Series Title Cultural Studies of Science Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cultural Stud.Sci.Educat.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-61190-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87023-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-61191-4
  • Series ISSN 1879-7229
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-7237
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 211
  • Number of Illustrations 17 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
    Learning & Instruction
    Teaching and Teacher Education
    Sociology of Education
    Sociology of Education
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