Noah Feinstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Listeria's Tail: Public Engagement as the Proper Context of Science Education

Friday, February 7, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Academic Learning Commons, 2100


Science education is guided or explicity, by particular visions of the relationship between science and society-visions that often reflect our ideals more than our knowledge of the social world. Many broad assertions about the usefulness of science wilt under logical scrutiny, or when confronted with data about how people actually interact with science. What would it mean to teach science in a useful way? What would we need to give up, and what would we gain? Re-imagining science education in the context of public engagement requires a new set of skills, for teachers and researchers alike, and a new synthesis of pieces that are currently scattered across scholarly disciplines.