Feminists Increasing Public Understandings of Science A Feminist Approach to Developing Critical Science Literacy Skills Sara Giordano Introduction Creating a more scientifically literate public in the United States has been a national goal for at least several decades. However, how this should be done has continued to be an area for intense research. There have only been small improvements despite the sustained goal of "science for all."1 What is often missing as a question for analysis is: why should we increase science literacy?2 In mainstream discourse the implicit reason appears to be nationalistic in that we do not want to fall behind other countries. The logic continues that a scientifically advanced and literate public signals "progress" and "development." In contrast, most feminist scholars begin with the assumption that the how and why are always connected. As such, feminists have argued for increasing scientific literacy to further social justice goals through situated, ethically engaged science education.3 However, there have been few concrete examples of how to incorporate scientific literacy in feminist education. In this essay, I provide examples of how linking feminist pedagogy with feminist science studies can be implemented in the classroom. Understanding Science Is Politically Important Calls
Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Apr 12, 2017
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