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ERIC Number: ED061089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Pages: 57
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Reference Count: 0
Social Directions for Technology
Marshall, W. Robert, Jr.
A 1970 workshop that brought together academic and industrial engineers, sociologists, educators, and other behavioral scientists made some recommendations to universities, government, and industrial and professional societies concerning three major postulates. The postulates are that: (1) "public enlightenment on technology and how it interacts with the social system is long overdue," (2) "technical alternatives exist and must become a part of public decision-making," and (3) "the social and behavioral sciences eventually must become as familiar to engineering as physics, chemistry and mathematics." The discussion concerning each postulate is summarized by the editors, with excerpts from the reports of participants included to illustrate the diversity of opinion. Appendices contain a discussion of the organization of the workshop, including recommendations for persons organizing similar meetings; lists of participants; abstracts of the case studies (on transportation planning, the university and the housing crisis, new aspects for learning: how we shape tomorrow's society, nuclear power and its critics: the Cayuga Lake controversy and using technology to change society--a political problem) used to stimulate discussion; and abstracts of the three keynote addresses on the role of the university in educating engineers for solving societal problems. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC. Commission on Education.
Note: Memorandum of a workshop