Educating in post-normal times: Exploring a pedagogy of being ‘in the world’

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Abstract

By including a ‘plurality of legitimate perspectives’ in decision-making about science and technological issues, post-normal science (PNS) fundamentally re-shaped the relationship between science and society. Yet, significantly under-explored are the implications of PNS in relation to the multiple purposes of education, which this contribution aims to discuss as a series of educational ‘shifts’: from ‘I’ before the world (reductionist science – that describes and measures); to ‘I’ into the world (science of sustainability – challenge and innovation- driven); and further, to ‘I’ as part of the world (sustainable science – responsive and participatory). The latter is perhaps the most difficult but also most significant as it calls educators to pursue an educational relationship that is attentive to experiences which may be unheard, unspoken or unexpected, and by this nature often lie outside of our attention. In this sense, education for post-normal times is radically democratic as it will never cease to be a narrative ‘in the making’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScienza, politica e società
Subtitle of host publicationL' approccio post-normale (PNS) in teoria e nelle pratiche
EditorsAlba L'Astorina, Cristina Mangia, Alessandra Pugnetti
Place of PublicationMilan
PublisherConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Number of pages7
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9788880802792
ISBN (Print)9788880802778
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 6 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameScienza, politica e società: l’approccio post-normale (PNS) in teoria e nelle pratiche
PublisherConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Number1
Volume1

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