ERIC Number: ED027204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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The Use of the History of Science to Promote Student Understanding of the Social Aspects of Science.
Korth, Willard William
Six classes of biology students studied a two-week unit based on a case history of the cell theory. The change produced in pupils' conceptions of the social aspects of science was assessed using the "Test on Social Aspects of Science." This contains statements based on a theoretical model of the social aspects of science developed by reviewing relevant literature. The experimental treatment had an effect on promoting an understanding of social aspects of science in the areas dealing with the interaction between science and society and science as a social institution. No change was observed on the part of the test dealing with the social responsibilities of scientists. The study indicated that many students have some rather serious misconceptions of some of the social aspects of science, and these, built up over several years of instruction at lower levels, are resistant to change. This suggested a need to emphasize the interaction between science and society at lower levels in the curriculum. (GR)
Descriptors: Biology, Curriculum Development, Doctoral Dissertations, Instruction, Science History, Scientific Attitudes, Scientific Enterprise, Scientific Literacy, Secondary School Science
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Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA.