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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning



Larry Bencze
Associate Professor Emeritus

phone: (416) 978-0079
email: larry.bencze@utoronto.ca  
website: http://www.lbencze.ca/

Departments:
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education


Research Overview

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT: CASE (Critical & Activist Science Education), a research programme through which we learn about educators' efforts to promote students' projects to actively address harms (e.g., human diseases, privacy invasion & climate change) in relationships among fields of science and technology and societies and environments (STSE). To learn more about CASE, visit: www.stse-actions.ca

Curriculum Vitae

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/Curriculum_Vitae/Larry_Bencze_CV.pdf

Academic History

Ph.D., Education University of Toronto Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (CTL) 1995
B.Ed., Biology-Chemistry Queen's University Faculty of Education 1977
M.Sc., Biology Queen's University Faculty of Arts & Science 1977
B.Sc., Biology Queen's University Faculty of Arts & Science 1974

Teaching Overview

CTL 1209: Current Issues in Science and Technology Education
CTL 1211: Action Research in Science & Technology Education
CTL 1212: Curriculum Making in Science: Some Considerations in the History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
CTL 1223: Activist Science & Technology Education

Representative Publications

EDITED BOOKS

  • Weinstein, M., Pouliot, C., Martins, I., Levinson, R., Carter, L., & Bencze, L. (eds.) (in preparation). Science education, knowledge & social justice: A political project. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Bencze, J.L. (ed.) (2017). Science & technology education promoting wellbeing for individuals, societies & environments. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Bencze, J.L., & Alsop, S. (eds.) (2014). Activist science & technology education. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Alsop, S., Bencze, L. & Pedretti, E. (eds.) (2005). Analysing exemplary science teaching: Theoretical lenses and a spectrum of possibilities for practice. Buckingham: Open University Press.

CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS 

  • Bencze, L. (in press). Student-led learning for ‘altruistic’ socio-political actions. In B. Shapiro (Ed.), Actions of their own to learn:  Studies in knowing, acting and being (pp. xx-xx). Rotterdam: Sense. [invited]
  • Bencze, L., Carter, L., & Krstovic, M. (in press). Youth uses of actor network theory undermining societal consumerism. In G. Reis, M.P. Mueller, R.A. Luther, L. Siveres & R. Oliveira (Eds.), Sociocultural perspectives on youth ethical consumerism (pp. xx-xx). Dordrecht: Springer. [invited]
  • Bencze, L., Carter, L., Levinson, R., Martins, I., Pouliot, C., Weinstein, M., & Zouda, M. (in press). EcoJust STEM education mobilized through counter-hegemonic globalization. In H.J. Saltman & A.J. Means (Eds.), Handbook of global education reform (pp. xx-xx). Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. [invited]
  • Bencze, L., El Halwany, S., Krstovic, M., Milanovic, M., Phillips-MacNeil, C., & Zouda, M. (in press). Estudantes agindo para resolver danos pessoais, sociais & ambientais ligados à ciência & tecnologia/Students acting to address personal, social & environmental harms linked to science & technology. In N. Nunes-Neto & D.M. Conrado (Eds.), Questões sociocientíficas: fundamentos, propostas de ensino e perspectivas/ Socio-scientific issues in science education (pp. xx-xx). Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: EDUFBA, Editora da Universidade Federal da Bahia. [invited]
  • Bencze, L., Reiss, M., Sharma, A., & Weinstein, M. (in press). STEM education as ‘Trojan horse’: Deconstructed and reinvented for all. In L. Bryan & K. Tobin (Eds.), Thirteen questions in science education (pp. xx-xx). New York: Peter Lang. [invited]

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

  • Bencze, L., Carter, L., & Krstovic, M. (in press). Students’ actor-network-informed motivation for tackling socioscientific problems. Education Review, .
  • Bencze, L., Carter, L., & Krstovic, M. (in press). Envisaging socio-scientific education for participatory democracies: Intertextuality as an organizing heuristic. Education Review, .
  • Hoeg, D., & Bencze, L. (in press). Rising against a gathering storm: A biopolitical analysis of citizenship in STEM policy. Cultural Studies of Science Education, .
  • Carter, L., Weinstein, M. & Bencze, L. (2017). Editorial: Biopolitics and science education. Cultural Studies of Science Education, . doi.org/10.1007/s1142.
  • Hoeg, D., & Bencze, L. (2017). Values underpinning STEM education in the USA: An analysis of the Next Generation Science Standards. Science Education, 101(2), 278–301.

Research Grants and Contracts

Year: 2010
Individual or Group: Bencze
Grantor: Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada
Purpose: Research and dissemination relating to collaborative action research involving teachers, student-teachers and graduate students (teachers). (http://www.stepwiser.ca)
Amount: $115,698

Year: 2004
Individual or Group: Bencze
Grantor: Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada
Purpose: Research and dissemination relating to collaborative action research involving teachers' efforts to promote realistic science education.
Amount: $102,434

Honours and Awards

2003 - 2004 OISE/UT Student Teachers' Union Instructor Excellence Award (Most Resourceful Biology Instructor)

Professional Activities

Co-Editor of an Online Community-reviewed Journal
Journal for Activist Science and Technology Education (online at http://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/jaste/index); Co-Editors: Steve Alsop (York University) and Jesse Bazzul (U. Regina).

Guest Editor of a Refereed Journal
Carter, L., Weinstein, M., & Bencze, L. (2017). Biopolitics and science education. Cultural Studies of Science Education, xx(xx).
Alsop, S., & Bencze, J. L. (2010). Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 10(3).

Editorial Board Membership
Research in Science Education
Cultural Studies of Science Education

Invited Talks at Universities
Bencze, L., Carter, L., & Krstovic, M. (2014). Students' actor-network-informed motivation for tackling socioscientific problems. A presentation at the symposium, 'At the crossroads of environmental and science education: Towards an international collaborative research agenda,' University of Ottawa Faculty of Education, Oct. 9, 2014.
Bencze, L., Carter, L., & Krstovic, M. (2014). Science education undermining consumerism. An invited presentation for the Citizenship, Consumerism & Education Symposium, Institute of Education, University of Lisbon, June 26, 2014.
Bencze, J. L. (2009). Spending your cultural capital on projects for the common good. A seminar for faculty and students, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, May 1, 2009.
Bencze, J. L. (2009). Science & technology education for the people & the planet. A lecture to pre-service Primary teachers, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, April 29, 2009.


Keynote Addresses
Bencze, L. (2014). Application-based inquiry learning. A keynote presentation at the Inquiry conference of the Peel District School Board, Mississauga, ON, Oct. 18, 2014.
Bencze, L., Carter, L., & Krstovic, M. (2013). Science education subverting societal consumerism. An invited panel presentation at the biannual conference of the Brazilian Science Education Research Association (ENPEC 2013), So Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 11, 2013.
Bencze, J. L. (2010). Students' inquiry-based actions for personal, social & environmental wellbeing. A Keynote Address at the annual conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association, Sydney, Australia, July 4-7, 2010.