Doing science with fidelity to persons: Instantiations of caring participation in science practices

Christina Krist, Enrique A. Suárez

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This paper builds on an emerging line of argument that STEM education should be guided by not only conceptual and epistemological goals, but also axiological ones: attention to the moral and ethical underpinnings that guide learning and participation in scientific and engineering practices. We draw specifically on Noddings’ care theory (1984, 1986), which foregrounds concern for collective well-being and growth. In particular, we explore what a caring orientation can look like in the context of doing science through two paradigmatic cases. These cases highlight how values of receptiveness, responsiveness, and relatedness shape students’ social and epistemic practice. These values challenge canonical versions of science practice and invite reflection on the moral underpinnings of learning science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-431
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue number2018-June
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2018: Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 23 2018Jun 27 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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