LASAR 2016 conference

Science and Religion in Education Conference 2016

The main day of this two day event was a conference exploring links between education, science and religion, organised by the LASAR Project with the Department of Education, University of Oxford and Christ Church Canterbury University.

Date: Friday 28th October

Time: 9.30 am- 5.30 pm

Location: University of Oxford, Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens

Epistemic Insight Symposium

The Epistemic Insight symposium took place before the main conference event on the 27th October 11:00-17:00 in Somerville College, Oxford.

Epistemic insight (EI) is a phrase to refer to ‘knowledge about knowledge’ or in other words students’ scholarly expertise, their appreciation of scholarship and their capacities to be wise about knowledge claims in the real world. The phrase epistemic insight is chosen strategically because of the importance of developing students’ understanding of how scholarship and knowledge work across disciplines/subjects as well as within them. There is an emphasis on encouraging and developing students’ intellectual curiosity and capacities to reason about Big Questions which bridge science, religion and other disciplines. These attitudes and intelligences can be unintentionally dampened and squeezed by subject boundaries and some practices within subject compartments. There is also an emphasis on encouraging students to think critically about the questions they are considering (so not just ‘which is better – science or religion’ – but ‘which is better for what?’)

The symposium was open to all those who attended the conference and sought to develop these ideas further.