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Video-based suggestions & downloadable resources that teachers use to educate students so they can develop and take research-informed & negotiated actions (RiNA) to overcome harms linked to science & technology.
Students tend to be motivated & able to conduct excellent RiNA projects like those below if teachers first provide them with STEPWISE-informed lessons & activities described at right.
Suggestions & resources for enabling students to eventually self-direct excellent RiNA projects are provided (by our team) through the links below. Start with the introductory video linked to the STEPWISE schema below.
Supplementary Teacher Resources
STEPWISE is the acronym for Science & Technology Education Promoting Wellbeing for Individuals, Societies & Environments, a framework – shown at right – aimed at educating students so that they are motivated and able to develop and take effective social actions to overcome harms in STSE relationships. It was created in 2006 out of frustration in encouraging students to create their own knowledge through R&D projects – opening my eyes to adverse influences of pro-capitalist entities on most everything. For a brief history & elaboration of STEPWISE, refer here.
These downloadable teacher resources include unit plans made by teachers and individual resources that teachers can use to arrange lessons and student activities for enabling effective student-led RiNA projects.
Multi-Actant Documentaries (MADs) are summaries – based on actor-network theory – of several living and non-living actants that we suggest are associated with particular for-profit products or services of science and technology. As shown at right, for example, we have – in separate Prezi™ cells – provided text, graphics and videos of actants like activists, corn, medical doctors, etc. for fast and manufactured foods. After reviewing a MAD, students could consider ways different actants link to form sub-networks (dispositifs) that support or oppose the commodity. They could, then, carry out RiNA projects to further investigate the commodity and develop and take social actions to overcome harms they determine in relevant STSE relationships. We have developed 12 other MADs, linked here.
Ban the Dust!
A Graphic Novel
This graphic novel tells a story of Québec City community members who investigated and acted to eliminate heavy metal dust pollution that they determined was blown through the air from their local seaside port. The novel is accompanied by a set of teaching & learning suggestions. A brief description of these resources is given through a summary video, here. Links to these resources are provided below:
The Skills Apprenticeship Resources document linked at right contains ‘classroom-ready’ teaching & learning materials to help students to develop skills for science inquiry (e.g., experiment & study design, graphing, etc.) and technology design (e.g., considering compromises in design). It is based on the stereotypical model of processes in science & technology shown below. Note that this older resource should be adapted to make reference to STSE issues.