The relevance of worldview perspectives in science education

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In research focusing science education in western countries, worldview perspectives have been rather neglected (with prominent exceptions such as the research by William Cobern). More specifically this is the case concerning science education in Europe. Often worldview issues are instead raised mostly in relation to indigenous cultures, and to some extent in research focusing religious issues in relation to science education in western countries. However, also in secular countries such as Sweden, students' worldviews should be of interest for science educators. During the presentation I will, with the starting point in previous research by myself and colleagues, highlight the value of worldview perspectives on science education also in "secular" countries. Such a perspective could contribute to our understanding of what happens in the science classroom, and shed light on questions such as why some students have difficulties understanding science (while others have not), and why some students are uninterested in science (and others view science as very much for them). Implications for science education - research and practice - will be raised. E.g. it will be suggested that worldview presuppositions should be discussed in science class as part of other nature of science perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventThe 1st European Regional IHPST conference, Flensburg, 22-25 August. -
Duration: 1980-Jan-01 → …


ConferenceThe 1st European Regional IHPST conference, Flensburg, 22-25 August.
Period80-01-01 → …

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogy (50301)
  • Natural sciences (1)


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