EcoJustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism: Situated by Michael P. Mueller

By Michael P. Mueller

This quantity attracts at the ecojustice, citizen technological know-how and early life activism literature base in technology schooling and applies the tips to located tensions as they're both analyzed theoretically or praxiologically inside technological know-how schooling pedagogy. It makes use of ecojustice to judge the holistic connections among cultural and common platforms, environmentalism, sustainability and Earth-friendly advertising and marketing developments, and introduces citizen technological know-how and formative years activism as of the pedagogical methods ecojustice philosophy may be enacted. It additionally includes evidence-based perform with foreign provider, group embedded curriculum, instructor instruction, citizen tracking and neighborhood activism, student-scientist partnerships, socioscientific matters, and new avenues for tutorial research.

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One might argue that shifting school accountability towards ecojustice is an overtly political act, especially in science education, and that a single ideology should not dominate public institutions such as schools. I concur that reformulating the purpose of school accountability is a political act that is underpinned by a particular set of values. But what is not value laden in science education? Seeking job and college readiness for the ultimate purpose of economic expansion is also a highly political mandate that is undergirded by a particular set of ideological beliefs, representing the monolithic ideology that dominates the educational landscape.

I concur that reformulating the purpose of school accountability is a political act that is underpinned by a particular set of values. But what is not value laden in science education? Seeking job and college readiness for the ultimate purpose of economic expansion is also a highly political mandate that is undergirded by a particular set of ideological beliefs, representing the monolithic ideology that dominates the educational landscape. Because the economic ideological underpinnings resonate with mainstream perspectives on the role of school in society, these beliefs are rarely viewed as controversial or political in nature, but they are nonetheless tethered to a particular political stance.

2008, p. 15) The discourse of economic competitiveness also manifests itself nationally in the notion that taxpayers deserve to “get their money’s worth” from the American educational system, a message that resonates in current school accountability practices. Job readiness, global competitiveness, and workforce competence have strong presence in important educational standards documents that underpin school evaluation. As a pertinent example, consider how the emerging Common Core State Standards accepted by all but seven states and one territory are sure to provide a potent force for shaping both curriculum and assessment.

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