The SENCER Ideals

I forgot to copy the SENCER Ideals for you today so I have listed them below.  You can also download a pdf file for printing.

THE SENCER IDEALS

  • SENCER robustly connects science and civic engagement by teaching “through” complex, contested, capacious, current, and unresolved public issues “to” basic science.
  • SENCER invites students to put scientific knowledge and scientific method to immediate use on matters of immediate interest to students.
  • SENCER helps reveal the limits of science by identifying the elements of public issues where science doesn’t help us decide what to do.
  • SENCER shows the power of science by identifying the dimensions of a public issue that can be better understood with certain mathematical and scientific ways of knowing.
  • SENCER conceives the intellectual project as practical and engaged from the start, as opposed to science education models that view the mind as a kind of “storage shed” where abstract knowledge may be secreted for vague potential uses.
  • SENCER seeks to extract from the immediate issues, the larger, common lessons about scientific processes and methods.
  • SENCER locates the responsibility (the burdens and the pleasures) of discovery as the work of the student.
  • SENCER, by focusing on contested issues, encourages student engagement with
  • “multidisciplinary trouble” and with civic questions that require attention now.  By doing so, SENCER hopes to help students overcome both unfounded fears and unquestioning awe of science.
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About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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