WWW Site for John Lawrence Bencze, Emeritus Associate Professor, Science Education, OISE/University of Toronto

University Teaching Highlights

Although I continue with scholarly activities, I retired from teaching (and university service) at OISE on July 1, 2018. My university-level teaching was, however, co-related with my scholarship. Both have, for example, been informed by constructivist learning theories. And, crucially, both have been driven by my concerns about adverse influences of socio-economic systems - largely through science & technology and their educational counterparts - on wellbeing of individuals, societies & environments. Accordingly, to help visitors here to understand such relationships, links are provided below to outlines of courses I often taught - supported by my resource collection and contributing to my publications - in, respectively, graduate studies and science teacher education. Contact me to discuss anything here.
CTL 1209
Current Issues in Science & Technology Education
- addressing controversies around learning outcomes and pedagogies
CTL 1212
History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science for Science Teaching
- learning about & teaching NoST & STSE
CTL 1223
Activist Science & Technology Education
- learning about harms in STSE relationships and possible actions
CTL 1799 ('Special Topics' course)
A Critical and Creative Inquiry into Science Inquiry
- considering benefits and problems with IBL and alternatives
EDU 5517
Science & Technology in Context
Over my career, I taught several courses in pre-service science teacher education for elementary & secondary school teaching - both at USask (1 year) and OISE (20 years). Although all of these courses were important to science teacher education, EDU 5517 became my 'signature' course. Broadly, it was aligned with my critiques of societies, generally, and science and technology education, more particularly, and with my STEPWISE framework for organizing lessons and activities to actively address harms linked to fields of science and technology (but, mainly, to powerful people and groups).