ERIC Number: ED166087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching and Learning about Science and Social Policy.
Benne, Kenneth D.; Birnbaum, Max
This monograph explores aspects of science and technology in contemporary society and suggests methods for teaching about social policy issues which have resulted from scientific and technological developments. Section one offers an argument for teaching about science and social policy; surveys the sociology, politics, and history of contemporary science and technology; and identifies methodological problems in teaching about science and social policy. Included is a discussion of six general learning objectives which should be met in a study of science and social policy. The objectives include understanding the (1) role of citizen participation in policymaking, (2) extent to which scientific and technological developments can change people's lives, (3) ways in which laymen depend upon experts' knowledge, and (4) importance of translating personal values into participative action. Section two presents social studies units on nuclear energy, electronic technology, and genetic engineering. Each unit includes expository reading material, learning activities, and reading lists. (AV)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Futures (of Society), Policy Formation, Political Issues, Public Policy, Quality of Life, Relationship, Scientific Enterprise, Secondary Education, Social Change, Social Problems, Social Studies, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement, Units of Study, Values
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 ($5.95)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.