College of Information Studies Dean's Speaker Series - Megan Bang - Reimagining Field Based Science Education Towards Cultivating Just, Thriving, and Sustainable Worlds
The complex intertwining of human systems and natural systems are increasingly visible as societies are grappling with profound issues like racial justice, public health, and economics, amidst and shaped by rapidly shifting ecological systems and changing climates. Given these realities, what kinds of education do we need for human worlds and natural worlds to be generatively intertwined such that justice and sustainability are achievable? What kinds of knowledge, reasoning, and decision-making do we need to cultivate? What forms of political and ethical sensibilities do we need? And, what do we need to reimagine about human learning and development? In this talk I present two participatory design-based research projects focused on developing models of interdisciplinary field-based science education that are grounded in cultivating socio-ecological systems understandings and that take seriously historically powered dynamics of education and of science. The first project, called Indigenous STEAM is an informal program that serve Indigenous students. The second project extends ISTEAM design features into 12 k-3 classrooms serving multi-racial, multi-lingual students. I present key design features of these environments and the ways these organize engagements examples of children’s sense-making reflective of these principles.
College of Information Studies Dean's Speaker Series
Co-creating, sharing, managing, processing, and preserving information are critical for many day-to-day activities. Whether it is educating children and youth, creating and distributing basic staples, or performing the foundational activities of civil society, the effective, efficient, and equitable handling of information is essential.
The iSchool Dean's Speaker Series features established and emerging intellectual leaders presenting cutting-edge research and thoughtful commentary on critical information issues that affect our lives and society.