8th Hellenic Conference of History, Philosophy
& Science Teaching
The Contribution of History & Philosophy of Science in Teaching and Public Understanding of Science
Laboratory of Science, Mathematics and ICT Education
Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education
Museum of Sience and Technology
University of Patras
14-16 November 2014
The 1st Hellenic Conference of History, Philosophy and Teaching of Natural Sciences took place in Thessaloniki in 2001. Since then, it has become a standard multidisciplinary meeting of people working as researchers or teachers on history, philosophy or teaching of science. The latest two Hellenic conferences were held together with In-ternational ones (the 11th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference in Thessaloniki & the 5th International Conference of the European Society of History of Science in Athens) and elicited a dialogue between scholars and teachers around the world.
This year’s conference aims at reclaiming its fundamental questions on whether and how history and philosophy of natural sciences could help their teaching, their teachers’ training and their public understanding in both formal and non-formal learning settings (science & technology museums, press, mass media and the web, scientific publications, etc.). The debate is ongoing today. Many still argue, following Kuhn, that including history & philosophy of science in the curricula can lead to serious mis-conceptions, while others underline its didactical importance.
In this conference, we hope we can explore what current research shows with respect to these questions. Part of the conference will concentrate on the Greek efforts to develop innovative research-based teaching methods. We also hope to host research studies on the cultural dimension of scientific knowledge, in both formal and non-formal forms of education. Thus, we expect that the relations between school-science or popular-science and everyday issues concerning technology, environment and arts will be highlighted. In an era when the cultural capital seems to be entirely unrelated with the scientific one, it would be useful to find ways to connect the two.
Researchers in the field of history, philosophy and didactics of science, teachers and policy-makers at all levels of education, professionals of mass media and the arts, students of science and/or education and anyone interested in the above issues, are all welcome to the 8th Hellenic Conference of History, Philosophy & Science Teaching.
A. History and Philosophy of Science and their introduction to formal or non-formal science teaching.
B. Science, Society, Technology and the Environment and their introduction to formal or non-formal science teaching.
C. Art and Science and their introduction to formal or non-formal science teaching.
D. Public Understanding and/or Popularization of Science and their introduction to formal or non-formal science teaching.