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What is the position/contribution of biology in environmental education

conference contribution
posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by Ian Robottom
In this paper I intend to argue that biological science education and environmental education have traditionally represented fundamentally different discourses - that they have explicitly or implicitly adopted different epistemologies and ontologies - and that this difference has had implications for the conduct of research in these fields. I will draw on recent developments in theory, policy and practice in the field of environmental education to argue that this field tends to be located within a social discourse - that there is a foundation in policy and practice for considering environmental issues as fundamentally social and ethical in nature, rather than in some sense objectively existing. I then consider a rising topic in biology education (that of Biotechnology) as one which while tending to be treated within a scientific discourse, would be more fully explored educationally within a social discourse. I conclude by suggesting that in biology education research we need to consider a reconciliation of these historically differing perspectives.


Title of proceedings

Biology education for the real world: student-teacher-citizen: proceedings of the the IVth ERIDOB conference


Conference of European Researchers in Didactic of Biology (4th : 2002 : Toulouse, France )


27 - 42


Ecole nationale de formation agronomique


Toulouse, France

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Toulouse-Auzeville, France

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2002, ENFA


J Lewis, A Magro, L Simonneaux

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