Science & Technology Education Promoting Wellbeing for Individuals, Societies & Environments
A resource-rich pedagogy preparing students to develop & implement well-informed actions on political economies to improve social & ecological justice
STEPWISE pedagogy (sample here) is used to educate students in STEM-SE, Skills & Products and, for needed ecojustice reforms, prepare them to critique STEM-SE relationships and to design & self-direct networked RiNA projects to overcome harms of their concern; e.g., climate crises, manipulative surveillance & species losses.
STEPWISE opposes neoliberal practices like stratifying inquiry-based learning, sanitized STEM education & public propaganda by directly teaching students – with application activities – about STEM relationships with political economy; e.g., private manipulation of government regulations & private funding.
STEPWISE in Elementary Schools
Since its inception in 2006, STEPWISE has been mainly explored and developed in secondary school science contexts, including with students in after-school clubs. We have worked with a few teachers in elementary schools, however – as described in the video at right/below. Based on such work, we believe that students in elementary schools are quite capable of developing critical views about science & technology and societies more generally and developing and taking personal & social actions to overcome harms of their concern. However, there are few STEPWISE-informed teaching & learning materials available for teachers’ uses. If you are interested in collaborating with us in action research to develop and field-test STEPWISE approaches in elementary schools, you might review the videos below and then write to email@example.com.
Introduction for Elementary School Teachers
Students Talking About Their RiNA Projects