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ERIC Number: ED127128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 19
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Issues in Science Education: Changing Purposes of Science Education.
Williamson, Stan
This paper addresses the role of science education in today's society and the objectives of instruction in science. Observing that science cannot solve all of the problems of the world, and that science education has had little effect on the willingness of the general public to accept superstitions, the author argues that instructional approaches to the testing of hypotheses must be re-examined. After briefly reviewing the development of general educational goals during the past century, the author turns to the objectives of science education. He discusses knowledge objectives and identifies four issues related to propositional knowledge. Turning to the debate over emphasis on mastery of conceptual schemes vs. understanding of scientific processes, he discusses normative and cognitive objectives. In conclusion, he raises the question of when the objectives of science education should be stated in behavioral terms or formulated more generally. (SD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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