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Breaking the Silo: Integrated Science Education in India
Anup Dhar, Tejaswini Niranjana and K. Sridhar
Price : ₹ 1125.00  
ISBN : 9789386392886
Language : English
Pages : 324
Binding : Paperback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2017
Series : Culture and Democracy at the Millenial Turn
Territorial Rights : World
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About the Book

Is the entrenched division between the natural and human sciences unbridgeable? Is this divide crippling innovation in science, or is it necessary to keep science pure?

Between 2006–14, an experiment was conducted in Integrated Science Education (ISE) in several science institutions, including the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.

Breaking the Silo compiles the experiments in pedagogy conducted by people from physics, biology, computer science, sociology, medicine, science studies, philosophy, history, literary studies, film studies, cultural studies, theatre, and visual arts.

This experiment seeks to throw new light on the 'two cultures' theory that has beset India's science institutions. By combining the sciences and humanities, innovative solutions can be found for the complex social problems facing us today.

Table of Contents

Culture and Democracy at the Millenial Turn
List of Abbreviations

Anup Dhar, Tejaswini Niranjana and K. Sridhar

Section One – What it was all about

1. Different Meanings, Different Programmes: ‘Science and Society’ in Indian Higher Education

Dhruv Raina, Purabi Pattanayak, Vungliankim Valte

2. The Integrated Science Education Experiment: Centre for Contemporary Studies (CCS)-Indian Institute of Science and Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), 2006-14

A Conversation between Raghavendra Gadagkar and Tejaswini Niranjana 

3. Integration and Interdisciplinarity: Some Thoughts on an Experiment

Asha Achuthan 

Section Two – Beyond the Metropolis

4. The Method of Science and its Discontents

K. Sridhar  

5. Cognition: Beyond the Mind-Body Divide

Anup Dhar and Tejaswini Niranjana

6. Science, sociology of science, and society: Is there a relationship? 

Gita Chadha 

7. History of Science and Technology in Integrated Science Education

Jahnavi Phalkey  

8. Evolution: Dialoguing between Disciplines - 1

Maithreyi Mulupuru

9. Evolution: Dialoguing between Disciplines -   2

Anindita Bhadra

10. Health, New Technologies, and Bio-ethics

Asha Achuthan 

Section Three – Ways of Knowing, Seeing, Doing

11. Ways of Knowing: Ethnographic Methods

Maithreyi Mulupuru 

12. Ways of Knowing: Textual Analysis

Sneha PP 

13. Ways of Knowing: Historical Methods

Nitya Vasudevan 

14. Ways of Knowing: Psychological Methods

Sabah Siddiqui  

15. Ways of Seeing: Cinema

Ashish Rajadhyaksha 

16. Ways of Seeing: Cinema and Theatre

Interview with Prakash Belawadi 

17. Doing Humanities with Science Students: Reflections on ‘Ways of Seeing’ at IISc

S. V. Srinivas   

18. Ways of Doing: People, Nature, and Sustainable Development

Rajan Gurukkal 

19. Ways of Doing: The Mind and the Brain

Sabah Siddiqui

Notes on the Contributors

Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Anup Dhar is Professor, School of Human Studies, and Director, Centre for Development Practice, Ambedkar University, New Delhi.

Tejaswini Niranjana is Professor and Head, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Additionally, she is Visiting Professor with the School of Arts and Science at Ahmedabad University.

K. Sridhar is Professor of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.