Why science education and for whom? The contributions of science capital and Bildung

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Science capital has proved a valuable concept for understanding a person's science-related resources and the inequities linked to participation in science education. The concept was developed in the UK and has since been applied worldwide. In this paper, we investigate the potential of the concept in Denmark. Here science capital meets a concept that is pivotal to the educational tradition: Bildung. We explore these two concepts, illuminate their blind spots, and point to potentials of how they may improve on each other. Our key argument is, that while science capital reveals inequities within participation in science education, the argument for why participation is important is often linked to aspirations, or ‘to become part of science'. Bildung, however enables a focus on the ‘why’ of science participation by adding how engagement with science affects the understanding of who we are and of our relationship with the world. Bildung further helps us reflect on how we may address key problems facing our societies. Based on the concept of science capital we critically reflect on issues of inequities in Bildung, and of who has access to Bildung. In conclusion, we argue for a convergence of these two concepts when understanding science participation.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)216-229
StatusUdgivet - 2023

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