POST-NORMAL SCIENCE EDUCATION - WHAT IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE? 27 Mar 2019

POST-NORMAL SCIENCE EDUCATION - WHAT IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE?

NZARE Science Education SIG special one-day research seminar
to be held at Auckland University of Technology (Wellesley St, Auckland)

on 30th September 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

Many scholars argue that we are now in post-normal times.s.[1] “Carbonised modernity”[2] and the machine age are coming to an end, and we are now entering the era of artificial intelligence, the “singularity”[3] and the Anthropocene.  As part of this, we can expect major changes, not only in how we live and work, but how we think and what we need to know.  What are the implications of this for science education?  What should they be?  Should science education change?  If so/not, why?

  • What should be the aims and purposes of a future-oriented science education system? Why?
  • What kinds of knowledge should it aim to develop? Why?
  • What dispositionscapabilities or competencies should it aim to develop? Why?
  • How could science education build the kinds of intellectual capacities needed to thrive in the world of the
  • future?

Abstracts for papers addressing the above questions are invited.

  • Abstracts should be around 500 words.
  • They should be based on scholarly work and, ideally, draw from BOTH the science education research literature AND the futures studies literature.
  • Papers could deal with science education in specific contexts – e.g. schools, tertiary-level study, or non-formal education, or they could be about science education in general.
  • Authors of abstracts accepted after a peer-review process will be asked to write a full paper, to be submitted in advance of the seminar (to allow participants to be sent the papers for reading beforehand).

KEY DATES

30th April 2019 Abstracts to be submitted to Jane.Gilbert@aut.ac.nz

Registrations open (via NZARE website) on 8 July

14 th May 2019 - Notification of acceptance of abstracts
16 th August 2019 - Full papers to be submitted
30 th September - One-day seminar in Auckland

After the seminar, the plan is to assemble a selection of the papers to be re-worked for presentation as a symposium at a larger conference (such as NZARE 2019, ASERA 2020 and/or ESERA 2021), and then re-worked again for publication as an edited collection or a themed issue of a journal.  The form this takes will depend on the content of the papers.

This seminar is likely to be small and relatively informal.  We anticipate a registration fee of around $60 (to cover catering/venue costs), with a reduced rate for students and a small discount for NZARE Science Education SIG members.  However, the final amount will depend on the number of registrations.  Looking forward to receiving your submissions.

 

 


[1]           E.g. Slaughter, R. (2012). Welcome to the Anthropocene. Futures, 44(2012), 119–126; Sardar, Z. (2010). Welcome to postnormal times. Futures 42, 435-444; Ravetz, J. (1993). Science for the post-normal age. Futures, 25(7), 735–755.



[2]           See e.g. Newell, P., & Patterson, M. (2010). Climate capitalism: global warming and the transformation of the global economy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


[3]             Kurzweil, R. (2005). The singularity is near. New York: Viking.