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Science Culture, Language, and Education in America

Literacy, Conflict, and Successful Outreach

Authors: Schoerning, Emily

  • Explores how science culture can be alienating to marginalized people
  • Discusses how to present science education clearly and accessibly 
  • Presents findings related to the education of both children and adult learners
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About this book

Can the culture and language of science be an alienating force that discourages marginalized people from identifying with scientists and pursuing higher education in the sciences? More broadly, does an education system which unwittingly presents science as a distinct culture result in a population susceptible to doubt, confusion, and denial? This volume explores how this 'culture of science' is reflected and transmitted in the classroom, and how this can have wide-reaching and often negative implications for science education and science literacy. Well-intentioned efforts to bring hands-on scientific experiences into the classroom must also take into account how students perceive the culture of science. Areas of potential conflict include linguistic and cultural behaviors, misconceptions about science and the nature of science, and, in some cases, religious worldviews. Once recognized, these conflicts are resolvable, and valid methods exist to reduce alienation, broaden participation, and ensure that all students, whether or not they pursue STEM careers, leave school knowing that science is something that they can trust.

About the authors

Emily Schoerning is a research scientist at the University of Iowa, USA. She is also the elected Research in Science Education Division Director for the National Science Teachers Association.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Where Are We Now? Where Could We Be?

    Schoerning, Emily

    Pages 1-12

  • The Culture of Classroom Science: Discourse, Dialog, and Language Practices

    Schoerning, Emily

    Pages 13-30

  • Nature of Science Misconceptions: A Source of Cultural Conflict

    Schoerning, Emily

    Pages 31-44

  • Culture and Conflict: Science and Social Controversy

    Schoerning, Emily

    Pages 45-60

  • Science and Religion: Meshing and Conflicting Worldviews

    Schoerning, Emily

    Pages 61-70

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95813-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95812-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science Culture, Language, and Education in America
Book Subtitle
Literacy, Conflict, and Successful Outreach
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95813-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95813-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95812-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 159
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