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Sociocultural Studies and Implications for Science Education

The experiential and the virtual

  • Catherine Milne
  • Kenneth Tobin
  • Donna DeGennaro


  • Explores innovative ideas in sociocultural education research

  • Has implications for methodology and analysis in science education

  • Includes examples from virtual environments (e.g. Second Life)


Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. The Experiential in Education Research

  3. The Virtual and the Real in Education Research

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 327-350

About this book


The chapters included in this book address two major questions: what are some of the methodological and theoretical issues in sociocultural research in urban education and science education and what sort of questions do technological and virtual contexts raise for these types of research perspectives. The chapters build off Ken Tobin's personal history of sociocultural research in science education and as they do each chapter asks philosophical, sociological and/or methodological questions that inform our understanding of the challenges associated with conducting research in experiential and virtual contexts.


cultural studies cultural-historical activity theory multiplayer virtual environments science education second life sociocultural methods

Editors and affiliations

  • Catherine Milne
    • 1
  • Kenneth Tobin
    • 2
  • Donna DeGennaro
    • 3
  1. 1.New York UniversitySteinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human DevelopmentNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Graduate CentreCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Unlocking Silent HistoriesAustinUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sociocultural Studies and Implications for Science Education
  • Book Subtitle The experiential and the virtual
  • Editors Catherine Milne
    Kenneth Tobin
    Donna DeGennaro
  • Series Title Cultural Studies of Science Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cultural Stud.Sci.Educat.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-4239-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-7828-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-4240-6
  • Series ISSN 1879-7229
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-7237
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 330
  • Number of Illustrations 98 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
    Methodology of the Social Sciences
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