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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Larry Bencze

Larry Bencze
Associate Professor Emeritus


Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education

Research Overview

I facilitate action research based on 'STEPWISE' (, a schema for development of lessons and activities for promoting educated, researched and negotiated personal and social actions to address harms (e.g., human diseases, privacy invasion & climate change) in relationships among fields of science and technology and societies and environments (STSE). Funded by SSHRC, we are exploring uses of findings from Science & Technology Studies ( If you are interested in being involved in our work or engaging me (perhaps with grad. students &/or teachers) in seminars &/or workshops, contact me at: Finally, you can follow us at:

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

Ph.D., Education (University of Toronto, 1995)
B.Ed., Biology-Chemistry (Queen's University, 1977)
M.Sc., Biology (Queen's University, 1977)
B.Sc., Biology (Queen's University, 1974)

Teaching Overview

I am retired from course instruction, although I still supervise some doctoral students' thesis writing and defence. My university-based teaching (summarized at: was greatly co-related with my research (

Representative Publications

My online CV can be viewed at:


  • Bencze, J.L. (in preparation). Swimming against the tide in science teacher education: Growing ecojustice dispositifs. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Weinstein, M., Pouliot, C., Martins, I., Levinson, R., Carter, L., & Bencze, L. (in preparation). Science education towards social and ecological justice: Provocations and conversations. 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 [all chapters in others' edited books were invited] (7 of 53)

  • Bencze, L., El Halwany, S., & Zouda, M. (in review). Science students dreaming of future ecojust material-semiotic assemblages: Drawing from critical & altruistic 'food for thought.' In J.D. Adams & C. Siry (Eds.), Wondering science: Creativity, imagination and future thinking in science education (pp. xx-xx). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Zouda, M., El Halwany, S., & Bencze, L. (in review). Science and technology studies informing STEM education: Possibilities and dilemmas. In G.P. Thomas & H. Boon (Eds.), Challenges in science education: Global perspectives for the future (pp. xx-xx). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bencze, J.L. (in press). Dreaming of global ecosocialist futures: Possible contributions from science & technology education. In A. Sharma, M. Schmeichel & B. Wurzburg (Eds.), Progressive neoliberalism and schooling (pp. xx-xx). New York: Routledge.
  • Bencze, J.L. (in press). Politicized socioscientific issues education promoting ecojustice. In Hsu, Y.-S., Tytler, R., & White, P.J. (Eds.), Innovative approaches to socioscientific issues and sustainability education: Linking research to practice (pp. xx-xx). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Bencze, J.L. (in press). To be debated: Teachers should mobilize science students to help replace capitalism. In J. Dillon & M. Watts (Eds.), Debates in science education (2nd ed.) (pp. xx-xx). London: Routledge.
  • Bencze, J.L., & Carter, L.C. (2020). Capitalism, nature of science and science education: Exposing and opposing threats to social justice. In H.A. Yacoubian & L. Hansson (Eds.), Nature of science for social justice (pp. 59-78). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Bencze, L., El Halwany, S., & Zouda, M. (2020). Science teacher education promoting critical and active public engagement to address socioscientific problems. In M. Evagorou, J. Alexis Nielsen & J. Dillon (Eds.), Science teacher education for responsible citizenship: Towards a pedagogy for relevance through socio-scientific issues (pp. 63-83). Dordrecht: Springer.

ARTICLES IN REFEREED EDUCATION JOURNALS (6 of 52 [+2 in science journals])

  • El Halwany, S., Bencze, L., Hassan, N., Schaffer, K., Milanovic, M. & Zouda, M. (2021). Becoming alive within science education (research): Thinking with life history(ies), bodies and stickiness. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 16(1), 85-107.
  • El Halwany, S., Zouda, M., & Bencze, L. (2021). Stepping into STS literature: Some implications for promoting socioecological justice through science education. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 16(4), 1083-1096.
  • Bencze, J.L. (2020). Re-visioning ideological assemblages through de-punctualizing and activist science, mathematics & technology education. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics & Technology Education, 20(4), 736-749.
  • Bencze, L., Pouliot, C., Pedretti, E., Simonneaux, L., Simonneaux, J., & Zeidler, D. (2020). SAQ, SSI and STSE education: Defending and extending 'science-in-context'. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 15(3), 825-851.
  • Tsoumparis, D., Bencze, L., Curtis, S., & Zouda, M. (2020). Practical suggestions for promoting science student actions to overcome social and environmental harms. School Science Review, 102(379), 64-70.
  • Bencze, L. El Halwany, S., Milanovic, M., Qureshi, N., & Zouda, M. (2019). STEM and IBL: Roadblocks to critical and active community engagement through school science. Educao e Fronteiras, 9(25), 48-71.

NOTE: A brief overview of my research and publication progremme is covered at:

Research Grants and Contracts

- This project involves studies of the nature and extent to which claims from Science & Technology Studies (STS) may be effectively used in STEPWISE-informed teaching and learning.
- Funding = $88,446 (SSHRC, 2019-2023)

- This was a study of uses of the STEPWISE teaching and learning framework ( to promote student-led informed civic engagement.
- Funding = $115,698 (SSHRC, 2010-2016)

- This project used collaborative action research to learn about teachers' efforts to promote realistic science education.
- Funding = $102,434 (SSHRC, 2004-2010)

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:
- JASTE (, with Steve Alsop (York U.)
- Latest issue: Expanding Pro-ecojust Dispositifs In/Through Science & Technology Education (12.1)

Guest Editor of Refereed Journals:
- Carter, L., Weinstein, M., & Bencze, L. (2017). Biopolitics and science education. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 12(4).
- Alsop, S., & Bencze, J.L. (2010). Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 10(3).

Editorial Board Membership:
- Cultural Studies of Science Education (
- Springer Book Series: Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education (

Invited Talks at Universities (3 of 29):
- Bencze, J.L. (2021). Social media: Growing a pro-capitalist 'Borg.' A panel presentation & discussion to faculty & students of the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, March 23, 2021, regarding the video documentary, The Social Dilemma.
- Bencze, J.L. (2018). Towards critical and active community engagement through school science. A presentation to faculty and students, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 27, 2018.
- Bencze, J.L. (2018). Learning about community action groups & their links to science education: A STEPWISE project. A presentation to educators, students and community group members at the symposium, University teaching partnerships: Working with NGOs and community groups in the context of science education, University College, London, Institute of Education, May 21, 2018.

Keynote Addresses (3 of 11):
- Bencze, L. (2021). Resisting 'The Borg': Striving for ecojustice? A keynote presentation at the Curriculum Reform Conference, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon, 29-30Jan & 5Feb, 2021. [online]
- Bencze, L. (2018). Challenges to cultural studies in science education. A keynote presentation at the Cultural Studies in Science Education Forum, Atlanta, GA, March 14, 2018.
- Bencze, L. (2018). STEM education for 'WISE' technology design. A keynote presentation at the 2018 GCER-ToSEF International Forum (Theme: Educational Initiatives for the Future Society), Seoul National University, Seoul, S. Korea. Jan. 29, 2018.

Other Information

As an Emeritus Associate Professor, I do not teach courses or participate in many institutional activities. However, I am very busy with my research and publication programme, 'STEPWISE' ( I now live in Kingston, Ontario, although I typically (in non-CoViD19 times) spend 1-2 days each week at OISE where I often have meetings with graduate students, colleagues and others. I can be contacted at: