ERIC Number: ED085200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: 0
Can Research Provide a Rationale for the Study of Science?
Broudy, H. S.
An address to the 1972 Convention of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, discussions are included concerning failures of traditional science programs in the present academic enterprise for the purpose of developing new guidelines for science education research. Irrelevance of disciplinary courses, formal study, and compulsory schooling to societal situations are discribed as the major challenge to present curricula. Logically organized science disciplines are considered as designed primarily for the study of science but not for applicative use. The importance of problem-oriented science or theory to good practice is a matter open to discussion, and the ability of replicating or reinstating science knowledge is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition for an individual to attain good performance on his job or in his personal life. The primary use of the theoretical schemata of the disciplines by nonspecialists is interpretive in nature. Science education should not emphasize the replicative and applicative use of school learnings. The author concludes that research studies are needed to examine the interpretive teaching of science in schools and to build a conceptual context with the nature of life made intelligible. (CC)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Intellectual Disciplines, Relevance (Education), Research Needs, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Social Values, Speeches
Ohio State University, Center for Science and Mathematics Education, 244 Arps Hall, Columbus, Ohio 43210 ($0.75)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.
Note: Occasional Paper Series