Thursday, March 20, 2014

An epistemological study of the word epistemology

Epistemology Do you, like me, cough up your coffee whenever the word epistemology is dropped into a pedagogic conversation? If so, you should probably make the effort to read this.

And thus black holes are born.

What's In a Name?: Epistemology, “Epistemology,” and Science Education. Science Education, 19 March 2014. doi: 10.1002/sce.21104
“Epistemology” is a term encountered more and more frequently in the science education literature. Authors discuss “personal epistemology,” “practical epistemology,” “scientific epistemology,” “epistemic understanding,” “epistemic discourses,” “epistemological framing,” etc. As a practicing epistemologist, I view this as a happy phenomenon, but also one in need of some care since the term itself admits of multiple understandings. What are the proper places of epistemology and “epistemology” in science education? Is there just one such place or several?

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