Being a Science Education Researcher and a Concerned Citizen against Epistemological Anesthesia

In: Critical Issues and Bold Visions for Science Education
Author: Chantal Pouliot

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Abstract

In Quebec City (in the province of Quebec, Canada), a highly publicized environmental controversy emerged in late 2012. Concerning the presence of several heavy metals in the air, this situation involves the bulk transshipment activities of the Port of Québec, located just a few kilometres from the downtown area of Quebec City. In this chapter, I present the main lines of the citizen engagement in the controversy, describe various aspects of my participation in sociopolitical discussions and address the engagement of researchers.