Science Education in the Post-Truth Era

N. G. Holmes, Anna McLean Phillips, David Hammer

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We argue there is an urgent need for science education to respond to the societal phenomenon of "post-truth," to do much more in supporting students to understand how science constructs and reconstructs “truth.” This is not to abandon canonical content but to prioritize essential objectives. Students should develop a sense of how science arrives at and refines ideas; the messy complexity of the process; what sort of questions it can address; how it evolves and interacts with culture and community; how it can result in reliable knowledge and how it can go wrong. We draw examples from introductory physics laboratories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting Research in Physics Education with Teacher Education
Subtitle of host publicationStudents and teachers as learners in Physics
EditorsJenaro Guisasola, Eilish McLoughlin
PublisherThe International Commission on Physics Education
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781911669333
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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NameConnecting Research in Physics Education with Teacher Education
PublisherInternational Commission on Physics Education (ICPE)

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