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Activist Science and Technology Education

  • John Bencze
  • Steve Alsop
  • Applies critical theoretical scholarship to mainstream practices in science and technology education

  • First volume examining conceptual and empirical issues of activist science and technology education

  • Explores specific pedagogical themes within compulsory schooling (K-12) and non-formal and informal educational contexts

  • Gathers together leading authors, all internationally recognised for their work in the area of activist science education


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

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

About the editors

Professor Steve Alsop and Professor Larry Bencze are internationally recognised authors in science and technology education. They have established records of publication and are leaders in the area of science and technology education and activism. For the past three years, for example, they have been editing the web-based Journal for Activist Science and Technology Education (JASTE) and have recently edited a special edition of the Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education in this area. Their recent edited books include Analysing Exemplary Science Education (Open University Press) and Beyond Cartesian Dualism (Kluwer).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Activist Science and Technology Education
  • Editors Larry Bencze
    Steve Alsop
  • Series Title Cultural Studies of Science Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-4359-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-7960-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-4360-1
  • Series ISSN 1879-7229
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-7237
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 652
  • Number of Illustrations 42 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
    Teaching and Teacher Education
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