Activist Science and Technology Education

  • John Bencze
  • Steve Alsop

Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Constituting Theories

  3. The Public Sphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-204
    2. Michael P. Mueller
      Pages 215-235
    3. Kate Milberry
      Pages 255-268
    4. Leo Elshof
      Pages 323-342
    5. Randolph Haluza-DeLay, Angela V. Carter
      Pages 343-362
  4. Elementary and Secondary Education

  5. Post-secondary Education

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 623-652

About this book


This collection examines issues of agency, power, politics and identity as they relate to science and technology and education, within contemporary settings. Social, economic and ecological critique and reform are examined by numerous contributing authors, from a range of international contexts. These chapters examine pressing pedagogical questions within socio-scientific contexts, including petroleum economies, food justice, health, environmentalism, climate change, social media and biotechnologies. 
Readers will discover far reaching inquiries into activism as an open question for science and technology education, citizenship and democracy. The authors call on the work of prominent scholars throughout the ages, including Bourdieu, Foucault, Giroux, Jasanoff, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, Rancière and Žižek. 
The application of critical theoretical scholarship to mainstream practices in science and technology education distinguishes this book, and this deep, theoretical treatment is complemented by many grounded, more pragmatic exemplars of activist pedagogies. Practical examples are set within the public sphere, within selected new social movements, and also within more formal institutional settings, including elementary and secondary schools, and higher education. 
These assembled discussions provide a basis for a more radically reflexive reworking of science and technology education. Educational policy makers, science education scholars, and science and technology educators, amongst others, will find this work thought-provoking, instructive and informative.


Activism Critical pedagoy Environmentalism Political economy Science education Socioscientific issues Technology education activist education bioethical issues science education disruptive environments science and technology education

Editors and affiliations

  • John Bencze
    • 1
  • Steve Alsop
    • 2
  1. 1.Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Education and Department of Science and Technology StudiesYork UniversityTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4359-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4360-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7229
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7237
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