Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisorMedvecky, Fabien
dc.contributor.authorVennell, Christopher Guy
dc.date.available2018-03-22T20:24:09Z
dc.date.copyright2018
dc.identifier.citationVennell, C. G. (2018). Educating Critical Scientists: Critical Science Literacy in University STEM Subjects (Thesis, Master of Science Communication). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7953en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/7953
dc.description.abstractMuch of our interaction with the world is overtly influenced by science or the products of science. The forward progress of science can seem overwhelming and relentless, leading many to adopt a fatalistic attitude to scientific progress: you’re either with science or you’re against it. This polarisation of attitudes is unhelpful and obscures the fact that science is a human endeavour and thus has human aims and values. What these values are is rarely explored by lay citizens, communicators or even scientists themselves. In a society where science plays a dominant role, the practitioners of science have an obligation to acknowledge the human aims and values inherent in their practice. This thesis asks: are scientists being educated to think critically about the human aims and values in science during their undergraduate education? In order to provide a framework for thinking critically about these human aspects of science, the thesis draws heavily on Susanna Priest’s Critical Science Literacy (CSL). The research investigates whether there is compulsory CSL content present at top science universities by looking at whether it is possible for a student to fulfil the requirements for a major and not encounter CSL. Publicly available descriptions of paper content were collected and then analysed for Critical Science Literacy content in three areas: sociology of science, philosophy of science and publicity of science. It was found that the majority of majors at these universities did not contain compulsory CSL content. Studying a science at a top university does not guarantee training for thinking critically about science. Variation was found across disciplines and across universities with regards to the amount of compulsory CSL. It was also found that majors that had more strictly prescribed requirements had more compulsory CSL on average. This thesis renews the arguments for the critical education of future scientists. We found that despite calls for ubiquitous critical education in science, the reality falls short of the rhetoric.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.format.mimetypevideo/mp4
dc.format.mimetypevideo/mp4
dc.format.mimetypevideo/mp4
dc.format.mimetypevideo/mp4
dc.format.mimetypevideo/mp4
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
dc.rightsAll items in OUR Archive are provided for private study and research purposes and are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectscience literacy
dc.subjectscientific literacy
dc.subjectscience education
dc.subjecteducation
dc.subjectphilosophy of science
dc.subjectsociology of science
dc.subjectpublicity of science
dc.subjectundergraduate
dc.subjectcritical science literacy
dc.subjectuniversity major
dc.titleEducating Critical Scientists: Critical Science Literacy in University STEM Subjects
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2018-03-22T14:23:18Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineScience Communication
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science Communication
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
 Find in your library

Files in this item

Thumbnail
Thumbnail
Thumbnail
Thumbnail
Thumbnail
Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record