Worldviews Collide – Science Education in a Multicultural Context with Dr Edith Dempster

At May 2011’s Café Scientific, Jive Media Africa and the Moses Kotane Institute welcomed Dr Edith Dempster, Senior Lecturer at the School of Education and Development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a passionate about science education.

As individuals, we evaluate and respond to the world with a system of values and beliefs – otherwise known as a worldview – which helps us find answers to questions. A multi-cultural environment like South Africa is rich in diverse worldviews.

However conflicting worldviews can present dilemmas especially for educators and learners in science education. In response, Dr Edith Dempster offers a model to help find harmony where worldviews seem to collide.