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.