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Critical Reflection; Practicing Public Scholarly Inquiry while Processing with Science, Technology & Society. Christine M. YUKECH C & I, Science Education, the University of Akron Akron, Ohio 44325, U.S. Motivation.
Christine M. YUKECHC & I, Science Education, the University of AkronAkron, Ohio 44325, U.S.
Pragmatists do not make distinctions between knowing and doing or elitist thinkers at the top and workers at the bottom
They believe that knowing occurs as acts of doing
In this way individuals can adapt to the ever-changing society situations. This type of learning prepares the youth for social action and creates the ability for analysis and critical thinking
We need to move away from past models if we are to find effective answers to social problems...The ontology is described as the diffusion of modern communication and technology, the integration of nation-states into a global capitalist economy
Higher order learning goals help students take responsibility for their learning, that is to assume self control to self regulate
Critique: I'd have to wonder who influences who in such a situation. In other words whose needs/interest comes first, the student, the university or the community?
If action is to take place then students need to be doing something with the processing applications to democracy and public scholarship inquiry. Possibly that is where the Science, Technology, Engineering and society ideas tie in.
The students had a tendency to resort to learning about STS content… Later in the course they became more interested in research that tied into the Science Technology and Society approach
The projects students picked related to distance learning, grant writing, surveys and video-broadcasting, and a review and presentation of multi-media that can be used in science classrooms to teach with the STS approach.
(Although the project was to help build up a community in an Indian reserve, there was some resistance at first by Indians who lived on the reserve. Once the Indians realized the intent of the project they delivered their expertise and helped to build the straw houses. They later used the houses for public resources such as stores and as a place for students from other universities to visit and study)
This article talks about several different ways that could motivate and encourage low achieving students to do better. Some are:
An elder Cherokee Indian was teaching his grandchildren about life, He said to them, “A fight is going on inside of me: It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. “One wolf represents, fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Indian simply replied, “The one you feed.” ~author unknown