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Young people can expect to encounter many environmental issues during their compulsory science education, from local risks associated with extractive and manufacturing industries to global threats arising from climate change. There is an uncomfortable relationship between science teaching and the treatment of politics in science lessons, and the extent to which teachers feel able to support young people to take environmental action.

Taking a broad definition of politics to include both latent ‘pre-political’ and manifest participation, Lynda will share findings of recent research on young people’s perspectives on environmental education and activism, and examine the role that teachers and the wider science education community does/can/should play in supporting political participation in matters relating to environmental sustainability.

About the speaker

Lynda Dunlop is a Senior Lecturer in Science Education in the University of York Science Education Group (@UYSEG).

Her research focuses on the philosophical, political and environmental dimensions of science education, and on public engagement with new science. She is co-lead of the 2021 British Educational Research Association Research Commission, which takes a participatory and inclusive approach to understanding youth and teacher perspectives on education for environmental sustainability.


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