The subculture of science

On the other hand, border crossings can be problematic. For instance, the border crossing between humanistic and scientific subcultures has been a concern to science educators ever since C.P. Snow (1964) wrote The Two Cultures. Moreover, research into the difficulties of non-Western students learning Western science has identified obstacles experienced by students who have an indigenous “traditional” background and attempt to learn a subject matter grounded in Western culture (Baker and Taylor, 1995; Dart, 1972; Jegede, 1994; Jegede and Okebukola, 1990, 1991; Knamiller, 1984; MacIvor, 1995; Ogawa, 1986, 1995; Pomeroy, 1994; Swift, 1992). This research on students in non-Western countries can help Western science educators understand how their own students need to cross borders; for instance, from a humanities oriented life-world to the science-world of school science.

Science education: border crossing into the subculture of science

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