I am an Associate Professor, Emeritus, at OISE, University of Toronto. Through this site, you can learn about my education & work background and research & publication programme and also gain access to many educational resources. Briefly, I conduct action research to learn about educators’ efforts to encourage & enable students to develop & implement educated research-informed & negotiated sociopolitical actions to overcome harms they determine in relationships among fields of science & technology and societies & environments. If you have comments, questions, suggestions, etc, you can contact me via the information below.
My work is driven by my concerns about myriad harms – e.g., from climate change – in relationships among fields of science & technology and societies & environments. Many governments struggle to adequately overcome such harms, largely, it seems, because they tend to mainly serve elite societal members. In this regard, it is apparent that powerful individuals (e.g., financiers) and groups (e.g., corporations) have managed to orchestrate most other living & nonliving things on earth to form a global network (dispositif) that prioritizes private profit over wellbeing of most everything else. Given significant uses of fields of science & technology (or STEM) in such capitalist dispositifs, it seems clear that fields of science & technology education must educate students about STSE Harms and help them to develop expertise, motivation & confidence for developing & implementing sociopolitical actions to overcome harms of their concern.
J. Lawrence Bencze, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Emeritus
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (CTL)
(Office: Floor 11, S-W Wing, Rm. 154)
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
University of Toronto (UofT)
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6, Canada