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Falling for Science: Objects in Mind


reviewed by Per-Olof Wickman September 03, 2008

coverTitle: Falling for Science: Objects in Mind
Author(s): Sherry Turkle (Ed.)
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0262201720, Pages: 318, Year: 2008
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This is a book for those that are interested in how science connects with young people’s experiences. It contains more than 50 essays, each about two to four pages long on the significance of objects in mediating science interest and learning. One may ask why the focus is objects and not, for example, people or incidents. It is obvious that this is a personal interest of Turkle’s and that she has a passion for her students. The focus on objects in no way leaves people or incidents out however. It is an intriguing approach that demonstrates the central place played by objects in people’s lives. The first part – “What makes a scientist?” – contains the bulk of the essays, and they are all written by Turkle’s students. Over a 25 year period Turkle asked her students at MIT to write essays on the theme, “Was there an object you met... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 03, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15360, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:57:47 AM

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  • Per-Olof Wickman
    Stockholm University, Sweden
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    PER-OLOF WICKMAN is Professor in Science Education at Stockholm University, Sweden. His main interest is the study of learning as experience in specific activities and as part of life as a whole. He has recently published the book Aesthetic Experience in Science Education: Learning and Meaning-Making as Situated Talk and Action at Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (now Taylor & Francis).
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