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Science Fiction: An Analysis of Science and Technology Secondary Cycle 1 Curriculum in Quebec

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Science Fiction: An Analysis of Science and Technology Secondary Cycle 1 Curriculum in Quebec

Yee, Jennifer (2016) Science Fiction: An Analysis of Science and Technology Secondary Cycle 1 Curriculum in Quebec. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

Quebec's Ministry of Education champions critical thinking as a goal across the secondary school curriculum. However, teachers are not trained in what critical thinking looks like, nor how to teach it. Furthermore, the current curriculum does not encourage it. This thesis seeks to address this problem in 3 parts. First, using theorists such as Freire, Hall, hooks, Gramsci, and Lewontin, I summarize a critical approach to science. I discuss how science can be used as a tool of social legitimization that upholds ideological hegemony through harmful discourse. I then demonstrate how this is happening in Quebec by performing a content analysis on two secondary school Science and Technology textbooks, using a modified Chiappetta,
Fillman, and Sethna scheme. Finally, I offer alternative frameworks to science education by looking at a variety of approaches throughout the history of science education and feminist theory.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Yee, Jennifer
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Educational Studies
Date:November 2016
Thesis Supervisor(s):Waddington, David
Keywords:philosophy of science, freire, hooks, gramsci, ideological hegemony, feminist science education, critical theory, critical pedagogy, feminism, lewontin, dewey, anti-oppression, science education
ID Code:982021
Deposited By: JENNIFER YEE
Deposited On:05 Jun 2017 19:16
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:54

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