ERIC Number: ED114260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation in Science Education.
This report discusses the importance of five types of evaluation in science and science education. First, evaluation must be recognized as a key process within science, both pure and applied, and must be taught as an integral part of science education. Second, the applications of science must be evaluated not only as a social responsibility and a pragmatic way to select researchable areas, but also as a scientific matter in itself, and thus a proper component of science education. A third type of evaluation in science education is the analytical approach to values-laden issues in a way that identifies the values' assumptions and proceeds to investigate their evidential status. A fourth important evaluation in science education is the evaluation of science materials; this is similar in some respects to the evaluation of applied science. The fifth way that evaluation enters into science education is in the attempt to list and indoctrinate the student with the supposed values of the scientific approach, such as truth, tentativeness, and criticality. Also discussed is evaluation as a form of knowledge and a form of education, as well as the types of evaluation content and attitudes specifically related to science education curricula. (Author/MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.
Note: Occasional Paper Series