Aesthetic Experience in Science Education: Learning and by Per-Olof Wickman

By Per-Olof Wickman

This booklet examines the function of aesthetic event in studying technological know-how and in technology schooling from the point of view of information as motion and language use. The theoretical underpinnings are according to the writings of John Dewey and Ludwig Wittgenstein. of their spirit aesthetics is tested because it looks within the lives of individuals and the way it pertains to the actions during which they're concerned. headquartered round an empirical research of the way scholars and their academics use aesthetic language and acts in the course of laboratory and box paintings, the publication demonstrates that aesthetics is anything that's continually mentioned in technology type and that those aesthetic stories are in detail concerned about studying technology. those empirical findings are regarding present debates concerning the relation among aesthetics and technological know-how, and approximately motivation, participation, studying and socio-cultural matters in technological know-how schooling. This e-book gains: • an empirical demonstration of the significance and particular roles of aesthetic reviews in studying technological know-how; • a singular contribution to the present debate on how you can comprehend motivation, participation and studying; and • a brand new method of learning studying in motion. half I sketches out the theoretical recommendations of Wickman's functional epistemology research of the elemental position of aesthetics in technological know-how and technological know-how schooling. half II develops those techniques via an research of using aesthetic judgments whilst scholars and lecturers are speaking in collage technological know-how periods. half III sums up the overall implications of the theoretical underpinnings and empirical findings for instructing and studying technology. right here Wickman expands the findings of his examine past the collage surroundings to K-8 institution technology, and explicates what it is going to suggest to make technological know-how schooling extra aesthetically significant. Wickman's conclusions deal to a wide volume with aesthetic event as person transformation and with people's customers for participation in an task comparable to technological know-how schooling. those conclusions have value past technological know-how educating and studying that are supposed to be of outrage to educators typically. This ebook is meant for academic researchers, graduate scholars, and instructor educators in technology schooling across the world, in addition to these attracted to aesthetics, philosophy of schooling, discourse research, socio-cultural matters, motivation, studying and meaning-making extra as a rule.

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Aesthetics hence cannot universally be categorized only into specific “inner” emotions. Saying that something is nice—as when the chemistry teacher commented on the student’s arrange- DISTINCTIONS AND CONTINUITY 31 ment—suggests an object for our feeling. There is thus some kind of transaction with the world in aesthetic experience. I try to demonstrate that this transactional and holistic approach is a most useful one if we better want to know the role aesthetic experiences play in science education.

Granted, “there is something artificial and repellent in discoursing about any consummatory event or object. It speaks so completely for itself that words are poor substitutes … translation into explicit terms gives a partial and inadequate result” (LW 5: 250). 3 (p. 152) This quote explains why aesthetic experiences cannot be identical to speech, and yet the two nevertheless are continuous. But although Dewey maintained that thought cannot be reduced to language or speech, he just as strongly advocated that experience cannot be reduced to thought.

Our starting point should be, because people talk so much about aesthetics, that they have something important to say. If we do not listen carefully, we risk neglecting their experiences. I like to stress particularly one advantage of approaching aesthetic experience as language use. It is that through the communicative aspects of language, we can all easily come to see the wealth of varied aesthetic meanings which are part of engaging with science. Aesthetic language is rich and nuanced in different expressions that people use to finely adjust meaning.

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