ERIC Number: ED218068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Science in Social Issues: Implications for Teaching. A Discussion Paper, D-80/2.
Aikenhead, Glen S.
Originally prepared for the Science Council of Canada, this document presents a rationale and general framework for a science and society curriculum for Canadian students. Pointing out ways in which citizens are scientifically illiterate, it argues that science education must address social issues and prepare individuals to make social and political decisions. Section one identifies three broad topics which should guide the development of a science and society curriculum: the characteristics of science, the limitations of science, and the place of science in Canadian society. Recognizing the student as a consumer of science education with individual needs, section two elaborates on four fundamental issues for consideration in developing a curriculum: different kinds of knowledge developed from science education, different roles that graduates will play in society, different ways graduates will use knowledge developed from science class, and decision-making processes used in resolving science-related social issues. The final section discusses the characteristics and limitations of science which must guide the development of a curriculum. (DC)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Secondary School Science, Social Problems
Publications Office, Science Council of Canada, 100 Metcalfe St., Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5M1 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Science Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Science and Society
Note: Also published in French as Des exemplaires de L'enseignement des sciences dans une perspective sociale.