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Event Date : 29 Nov, 2017 05:30 PM - 29 Nov, 2017 07:15 PM

Summary :

Renia Gasparatou (University of Patras, Greece)
On the mismatch of scientism and science education

London Branch Seminar Details

Venue :
UCL Room 804
City :
London
Organiser :
alison.brady.14@ucl.ac.uk

Scientism, i.e. the idealization of science, comes with a tendency to impose so-called scientific terminologies and methodologies on all aspects of our lives, education included. Under this rationale, educational policies today prioritize science, not only in curriculum design, but also as a method for educational practice. One might expect that, under this scientistic rationale, science education would thrive. Contrariwise, I argue that scientism prevents science education from giving an accurate picture of the sciences and from developing the thinking skills that scientifically educated public and future scientists need.

Renia Gasparatou is an Assistant Professor in the University of Patras, where she teaches epistemology and philosophy of education. Her research interests include Austin and Wittgenstein, philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophy of education, and science education.

Sessions are followed by a drink and further discussion in the Students’ Union for those who wish to attend. All are welcome.

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