STEPWISE

Science & Technology Education Promoting Wellbeing for Individuals, Societies & Environments
Resource-rich Pedagogy for Increasing Social Justice & Environmental Vitality
STEPWISE pedagogy (here & below) is used to educate students in three learning domains and, due to needed ecojustice reforms, prepare them to critically analyze STSE (or STEM-SE) relationships and self-direct RiNA projects (as at right/below) to overcome harms of their concern – like climate crises, manipulative surveillance & species losses. STEPWISE provides alternatives to neoliberal practices like stratifying inquiry-based learning, sanitized STEM education & public propaganda.

STEPWISE Pedagogy (General teaching suggestions are linked to the image below)

Student-led RiNA Projects
[Facilitating Student-led RiNA Projects]

Elaborations & Resources for STEPWISE Pedagogy

Overview for Elementary School Teachers

Our Action Research

Teachers Talking About Their Implementation of STEPWISE

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. 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 larry.bencze@utoronto.ca.

Introduction for Elementary School Teachers

STUDENTS REFLECT

TEACHER TEACHES

STUDENTS PRACTISE

Students Talking About Their RiNA Projects