Taoism and its implications for science education

dc.contributor.authorHua, H. P.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChang, C. Y.en_US
dc.description.abstractAs one of the major schools of thought in ancient China, Taoism centers on the concept of "Tao", the Way, which has two distinct characteristics: (1) Tao itself can be deemed as a final "reality" that is equivalent to the ontology of the Universe; and (2) Tao itself cannot be defined directly by human language. Taoism posits a holistically cosmological view on the universe as an organic Whole and illuminates that there is always a tendency to establish a dynamic balance within the Universe. Based on these characteristics and the belief that, to a certain degree, relationships exist between Taoism, modern science, and the contemporary environmental crisis, this paper attempts to render a number of implications for science education including: (1) providing a philosophical ground to loosen the tension resulting from current arguments on science education research in the postmodern era; (2) setting an alternative possibility for developing science curricula; and (3) serving as a practical ideology for self-reflection on science teaching.en_US
dc.relationThe Annual Meeting of The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Boston, MA, U.S.A.en_US
dc.titleTaoism and its implications for science educationen_US