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Heidegger in the Hands-on Science and Technology Center: Philosophical Reflections on Learning in Informal Settings

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Richard Walton

Sheffield Hallam University, GB
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With the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.

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Unusual for the philosophy of education, this paper takes Martin Heidegger’s essay of 1954 The Question Concerning Technology as its starting point and applies it to a practical problem which is: Can interactive science and technology centers reveal the essence of technology to the lay visitor. At the outset this sounds like an unusually over-specific application of Heidegger’s ideas to a single special case. But the notion that the interactive science and technology center (ISTC) does provide a valid and instructive vehicle for the discussion of Heidegger’s ideas, particularly in their application to education, will be maintained throughout this article. There is also a sense in which Heidegger’s essay has more relevance now in the present ecologically aware age than it did when it was written in the 1950s.
How to Cite: Walton, R. (2011). Heidegger in the Hands-on Science and Technology Center: Philosophical Reflections on Learning in Informal Settings. Journal of Technology Education, 12(1), 49–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v12i1.a.4
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Published on 22 Sep 2011.
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