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Unfinished science in museums: A push for critical science literacy

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Communication of scientific knowledge has been caught up in a pedagogical struggle between science literacy ideologies. The backseat role taken by the teaching of the philosophical and sociological aspects of science has come under fire by those calling for a broader view of science to be made public under the umbrella term "critical science literacy". In this paper, we argue that the lack of unfinished science in museums - science still in the making or still being debated - is a paradigm case where the richer, fuller view of science is being denied air by the presentation of science as a finished, objective set of facts. We argue that unfinished science offers us the opportunity to present the full complexity of science, including its social and philosophical aspects, and thus enabling the "critical" of critical science literacy.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Hine, A., & Medvecky, F. (2015). Unfinished science in museums: A push for critical science literacy. Journal of Science Communication, 14(2), 1-14. doi:10.22323/2.14020204

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84930022387

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 14

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Communication of scientific knowledge has been caught up in a pedagogical struggle between science literacy ideologies. The backseat role taken by the teaching of the philosophical and sociological aspects of science has come under fire by those calling for a broader view of science to be made public under the umbrella term "critical science literacy". In this paper, we argue that the lack of unfinished science in museums - science still in the making or still being debated - is a paradigm case where the richer, fuller view of science is being denied air by the presentation of science as a finished, objective set of facts. We argue that unfinished science offers us the opportunity to present the full complexity of science, including its social and philosophical aspects, and thus enabling the "critical" of critical science literacy.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Hine, A., & Medvecky, F. (2015). Unfinished science in museums: A push for critical science literacy. Journal of Science Communication, 14(2), 1-14. doi:10.22323/2.14020204

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84930022387

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 14

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication