9th GREEK CONFERENCE OF HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE IN SCIENCE TEACHING
Is an alternative Science Education possible?
Historical building of Maraslion School for primary school teachers
11-13 November 2016
THE GREEK CONFERENCES of History and Philosophy of Science in Science Teaching launched in 2001 and have been, all these years, a reference point for people concerned with the relation between History and Philosophy of Science, on the one hand, and Science Teaching in theory and practice, on the other. Academic researchers, policy makers concerned with educational issues, and people who deal with such issues at the level of everyday teaching practice have contributed to the elaboration of a comprehensive agenda throughout the years.
THIS YEAR, for the first time, it is a department of History and Philosophy of Science rather than an Education department that organizes the 9th Greek conference of History and Philosophy of Science in Science Teaching. The accumulated experience of the past conferences, in combination with the shift of viewpoint resulting from the very fact that the organization of the conference has been undertaken by an HPS department, provides the opportunity for a critical reassessment of the past problematique, a restatement of the basic research questions and a reorientation of the discussion towards issues related with the articulation of the Curricula in general:
- How could History and Philosophy of Science contribute to redesigning the curricula?
- To what extent could History and Philosophy of Science form an autonomous teaching subject and which would be its place in a modern curriculum?
- What kind of tensions does the coexistence of History and Philosophy of Science with the teaching methodology of Knowledge Transmission trigger? How could these tensions be compromised and what would that entail for a new approach in Science Teaching?
AT THE SAME TIME, the 9th Greek conference of History and Philosophy of Science in Science Teaching will try to bring into consideration topics related to Critical Education. In recent years, we have witnessed the emergence of a historiographic discourse that aimed at combining the practice of history with the articulation of a critical discourse about the present. History of Science is central to this venture, insofar as the establishment of modern science was a milestone in the course of Western Civilization. Equally crucial is the role of Philosophy of Science. Being inherently connected with the critical examination of scientific methods and the relevant truth claims it can essentially contribute to a revision of the content and goals of Science Teaching.
- How can we take advantage of History and Philosophy of Science in order to reconsider the role of Science Teaching in the frame of formal and non-formal education?
- How can this contribute to a deeper and more profound understanding of the sciences and, at the same time, to upgrading students’ critical thinking?
- How can the familiarization of teachers with the concepts and the problematique of History and Philosophy of Science contribute not only to Science Teaching, but also to the teaching of the Humanities?
- To what extent can the emphasis on the cultural dimension of scientific knowledge contribute to redefining the relationship between science and culture?
THE CONFERENCE IS ADDRESSED to people interested in History and Philosophy Science, Science Teaching or their intersections at any level; to academic researchers, graduate students, but also to people who are involved with teaching at any level of formal and non-formal education. Moreover, it is addressed to all those who are involved with voluntary, experimental or social movements education, aiming to take advantage of the so far uncharted experience of such initiatives. Lastly, it aims to engage people who are involved with the public understanding of science (communication professionals, museum curators and representatives of cultural institutions), in order to explore the possibilities for, and the consequences of transferring the discussion about an alternative scientific education to the public sphere.
The language of the conference will be Greek.