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Ethics and Science Education: How Subjectivity Matters

  • Jesse Bazzul

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

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About this book

Introduction

This book encapsulates a line of research that looks at how students are positioned as ethical actors/decision makers in biology education by science policy, curriculum, and classroom resources. Its basis comes from a textbook study that examined how biology texts work to constitute subjectivities related to neoliberalism and global capitalism, sex/gender and sexuality, and ethics. The study found that textbook discourses set limits on a) the types of ethical concerns represented b) the modes of ethical engagement c) the dispositions necessary to engage in ethical action or decision-making. Policy reform, regulation, and personal lifestyle choices were the primary ways students could approach ethical decision-making or action. While these approaches are useful, they are likely not sufficient for dealing with major twenty first century problems such as climate change and social inequality, along with new ethical dimensions introduced by biotechnologies and genomic research. This research brief sets a context for how discourses of science education policy and curricula work to shape a ‘subject of ethics’, that is how students come to see themselves as participants in issues of ethical concern. Drawing from a structural-poststructural philosophical approach, Science and Technology Studies, educational research, and a methodology based on discourse analysis and ethnography, this book's overall goal is to assist with research into subjectivity, ethics, politics, policy, and socioscientific issues in science education.

Keywords

Biomedical science education Biotechnology education Discourse analysis Ethics in science education Ethnography Informed citizenship Judith Butler Michel Foucault Poststructuralism Science education Slavoj Žižek Socioscientific issues Subjectivity Textbook study

Authors and affiliations

  • Jesse Bazzul
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39132-8
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-39130-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-39132-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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