Science, Worldviews and Education

  • Michael R. Matthews

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Hugh G. Gauch Jr.
    Pages 27-48
  3. Gürol Irzik, Robert Nola
    Pages 81-97
  4. Alberto Cordero
    Pages 99-116
  5. Yonatan I. Fishman
    Pages 165-189
  6. C. D. Skordoulis
    Pages 257-269
  7. Back Matter
    Pages I-XVIII

About this book


Science, Worldviews and Education is an important and timely theme as many national and provincial education authorities are requiring that students learn about the Nature of Science (NOS), and that they learn about the broader historical and cultural contexts of science and its practice.

Such topics give rise to questions about science and worldviews: What is a worldview? Does science have a worldview? Are there specific ontological, epistemological and ethical prerequisites for the conduct of science? How can scientific worldviews be reconciled with seemingly discordant religious and cultural worldviews?

Questions about science and worldviews have had a long history. The Galilean revolution, the Darwinian revolution, and the Einsteinian revolution were all associated with profound cultural, religious and philosophical transformations and debates. The European Enlightenment was the first such major impact.

Globalisation and the science-based industrialization of many non-Western societies, with their own religious traditions and worldviews, make urgent the understanding of science and its inter-relation with worldviews, and for the development of informed and appropriate science education.

Contributors to this anthology include scientists, philosophers, theologians, and educators. They all share the conviction that science education has to promote a richer understanding of science and its relations with culture, religion, philosophy, and ultimately the worldview of students.

What is a scientific worldview? How does it differ from other worldviews? Is it possible to be educated in science yet lack a scientific worldview? Can science thrive in a society where such a worldview is lacking? These questions and more are discussed in depth by a distinguished group of scientists, philosophers, educators and theologians in this uniquely valuable volume. 

Albert H. Teich, Director, Science & Policy Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA

This wide ranging collection of essays is an excellent way to enter the too often neglected territory of how science and science education relate to larger socio-cultural world views.

Peter Machamer, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael R. Matthews
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Arts & Social SciencesUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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