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Inclusivity in the Education of Scientific Imagination

Stuart, Michael T. and Sargeant, Hannah (2023) Inclusivity in the Education of Scientific Imagination. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Scientists imagine constantly. They do this when generating research problems, designing experiments, interpreting data, troubleshooting, drafting papers and presentations, and giving feedback. But when and how do scientists learn how to use imagination? Across six years of ethnographic research, it has been found that advanced career scientists feel comfortable using and discussing imagination, while graduate and undergraduate students of science often do not. In addition, members of marginalized and vulnerable groups tend to express negative views about the strength of their own imaginations, and the general usefulness of imagination in science. After introducing these findings and discussing the typical relationship between a scientist and their imagination across a career, we argue that reducing the number or power of active imaginations in science is epistemically counterproductive, and suggest a number of ways to bring imagination back into science in a more inclusive way, especially through courses on imagination for scientists, role models, and exemplar-based learning.


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Stuart, Michael T.mike.stuart.post@gmail.com0000-0002-4165-2641
Sargeant, HannahHannahMarie.Sargeant@ucf.edu
Additional Information: To appear in E. Hildt, K. Laas, C. Miller, and E. Brey (eds.). Building Inclusive Ethical Cultures in STEM. London: Routledge.
Keywords: Imagination; Creativity; Science Education; Inclusive Education; Virtue Epistemology; Ethics of Science Education
Subjects: General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Thought Experiments
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Michael T. Stuart
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 18:32
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 18:32
Item ID: 21702
Subjects: General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Thought Experiments
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21702

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