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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Larry Bencze


Larry Bencze
Associate Professor Emeritus


email: larry.bencze@utoronto.ca  
website: http://www.lbencze.ca
website: http://www.stepwiser.ca

Departments:
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education


Research Overview

I facilitate action research based on 'STEPWISE' (http://www.stepwiser.ca; Twitter: @STSE_Actions), a schema for development of lessons and student activities that are intended to promote 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). In a new SSHRC-funded project, we study uses in science education of findings from Science & Technology Studies (STS). Publications from my research can be viewed at: https://webspace.oise.utoronto.ca/~benczela/Bencze_CV.html

Curriculum Vitae

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

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.

Representative Publications

BOOKS & MONOGRAPHS

  • 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.

EDITED BOOKS

  • 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, J.L. (in preparation). A manifesto for an ecosocialist utopia through science education. In J. Bazzul, M.F.G. Wallace & M. Higgins (Eds.), Science x education x anthropocene (pp. xx-xx). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bencze, J.L. (in press). Capitalism, nature of science and science education: Exposing and opposing threats to social justice. In L. Hansson & H.A. Yacoubian (Eds.), Nature of science for social justice (pp. xx-xx). Dordrecht: Springer. [invited]
  • Bencze, L., El Halwany, S., & Zouda, M. (in press). 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. xx-xx). Dordrecht: Springer. [invited]
  • Bencze, L., Carter, L., Groleau, A., Krstovic, M., Levinson, R., Martin, J., Martins, I., Pouliot, C., & Weinstein, M. (2019). Promoting students’ critical and active engagement in socio-scientific problems: Inter/Trans-national perspectives. In E. McLoughlin, O. Finlayson, S. Erduran & P. Childs (Eds.), Bridging research and practice in science education: Selected papers from the ESERA 2017 conference (pp. 171-188). Dordrecht: Springer.

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

  • Bencze, L. El Halwany, S., Milanovic, M., Qureshi, N., & Zouda, M. (in press). STEM and IBL: Roadblocks to critical and active community engagement through school science. Educação e Fronteiras, . [invited]
  • Bencze, L., Pouliot, C., Pedretti, E., Simonneaux, L., Simonneaux, J., & Zeidler, D. (in press). Synergies and tensions among SAQ, SSI and STSE education. Cultural Studies of Science Education, x(x), xx-xx.
  • Tsoumparis, D., Bencze, L., Curtis, S., & Zouda, M. (in press). Practical suggestions for promoting science student actions to overcome social and environmental harms. School Science Review, .
  • Bencze, L., Carter, L., & Krstovic, M. (2017). Students’ actor-network-informed motivation for tackling socioscientific problems. Education Review, 5(2), 8-10. [invited]
  • Bencze, L., Carter, L., & Krstovic, M. (2017). Envisaging socio-scientific education for participatory democracies: Intertextuality as an organizing heuristic. Education Review, 5(2), 25-29. [invited]

Research Grants and Contracts

COLLABORATIONS MOBILIZING SCHOOL SCIENCE STUDENTS' CRITICAL & ACTIVE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
- This project involves studies of the nature and extent to which findings from Science & Technology Studies (STS) may be effectively used in science education.
- Funding = $88,446 (SSHRC, 2019-2023)

CRITICAL AND EMANCIPATORY SCIENCE EDUCATION (mCASE)
- This was a study of uses of the STEPWISE teaching and learning framework (www.stepwiser.ca) to promote student-led informed civic engagement.
- Funding = $115,698 (SSHRC, 2010-2016)

TRIPARTITE EMANCIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH TOWARDS MORE REALISTIC SCIENCE IN SCHOOL SCIENCE
- 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 (https://goo.gl/cvO2TA), with Steve Alsop (York U.)

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 (https://link.springer.com/journal/11422)

Invited Talks at Universities:
- 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.
- Bencze, L. (2018). Socioscientific activism: Ontological, epistemological and axiological considerations. A presentation to faculty and graduate students, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, S. Korea. Jan. 24, 2018.

Keynote Addresses:
- 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.
- Bencze, J.L. (2018). Critical & activist science education. A keynote presentation, Korean Association for Science Education, Dankook University, Yongin and Cheonan, South Korea, Jan. 25-27, 2018.
- Bencze, J.L. (2018). Altruistic uses of socio-scientific capital: A pro-ecojustice pedagogy. A keynote presentation, epiSTEME Conference, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, India, Jan. 5-8, 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' (www.stepwiser.ca). I currently live in Kingston, Ontario, working mostly from home or at the Queen's University library - although I typically spend 1-2 days each week at OISE where I often have meetings with graduate students, colleagues and others. I can be contacted at: larry.bencze@utoronto.ca