ERIC Number: ED230388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Model. Teacher's Guide. Preparing for Tomorrow's World.
Iozzi, Louis A.
"Preparing for Tomorrow's World" (PTW) is an interdisciplinary, future-oriented program incorporating information from the sciences/social sciences and addressing societal concerns which interface science/technology/society. The program promotes responsible citizenry with increased abilities in critical thinking, problem-solving, social/ethical reasoning, and decision-making. The socio-scientific reasoning model (SSRM) is the theoretical basis of the program. The model consists of four interacting components: (1) logical reasoning development based on Piagetian theory; (2) moral/ethical reasoning based on Kohlberg's stages; (3) Selman's views of social role taking stages; and (4) a content or informational component. SSRM serves as the basis for identifying the types of learning experience and the sophistication level of those experiences important to help students develop. A major instructional strategy related to SSRM is the dilemma discussion. Dilemmas, brief stories in which conflicting moral/ethical issues must be resolved, consist of six stages: background information, presentation of dilemma, selection of alternative positions, small group discussions, class discussion, and discussion summary/closing. Each of these steps is discussed, followed by some general guidelines for stimulating dilemma discussions and characteristics of any dilemma discussion. In addition, a list of helpful hints and answers to commonly asked questions (such as how long should a discussion be continued) are provided. (JN)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Developmental Stages, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Environmental Education, Futures (of Society), Interdisciplinary Approach, Moral Development, Moral Issues, Problem Solving, Role Playing, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary School Science, Social Development, Social Studies, Technology
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Center for Coastal and Environmental Studies.
Identifiers: Dilemma Discussion Approach; Preparing for Tomorrows World Program; Science and Society; Socio Scientific Reasoning Model
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