Ecological Science Education

Year: 2007

Author: Stevens, Robert

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In recent years there has been controversy about the purposes of Science Education at schools, and whether it should be a preparation for careers of future scientists or whether it should be scientific literacy for all. A related debate has been about the role of philosophy or critical thinking in Science Education. In this paper I review two approaches to school science education, that I have called Traditional Science Education and Humanistic Science Education. I consider objections to both approaches and propose a new approach - Ecological Science Education - that places philosophical reflection on Science at the heart of Science Education.