Coordinator: Maths Olympiad Cell
Coordinator: Mr. Pritesh Ranadive
Coordinator: Dr. Indrani Das Sen
Coordinator: Dean's Office
Mr. Himanshu Srivastava
Conceptualizing Justice-centred Science and Environment Education in the Context of the M(East) Ward in Mumbai
This thesis is premised on the assumption that education can play a significant role in social transformation and that critical scientific, technological, and environmental literacy is necessary to transform a social order that is oppressive to people and their natural environments. Building on the critical strands within the fields of science and environment education, the thesis aims to develop a systematic critique of the formal educational discourse on the interrelated themes of waste, health, materials, environment, and development from the standpoint of the M(East) ward community in Mumbai. The analysis involved a critical examination of the science and social science textbooks, classroom teaching of relevant topics, and discussions with teachers, students, and an array of people working in the domain of waste. As part of the work, I also tried to explore the students’ lifeworlds (i.e. their everyday knowledge, values, lived experiences, cultural beliefs, political views, and aspirations) to understand them better and to conceptualise a contextualized alternative. Based on these experiences, I offer a justice-centered approach to teaching the topic of waste along with suggestions towards the kind of conceptual ideas, discussion points, activities, and resources that can be employed to organize the teaching.