ERIC Number: ED242515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Reforming Science Education: The Search for a New Vision. Occasional Paper 33.
Hurd, Paul DeHart
Several issues in science education are examined, including those related to the current concern about science education in schools, the basis for a reform in science education, technology in the science curriculum, redirection of the science curriculum, uses of knowledge, decision making in human affairs, organization of the curriculum, and science and vocational education. It is suggested that much of the confusion on these and other issues arises from a failure to recognize that the purposes of science education are changing, that new subject matter is being introduced, and that the context of the curriculum is shifting from that of the disciplines to human affairs. This new view of science education as a common education in science and technology is compared with prevailing views of science education programs as they exist in schools today. Areas compared include rationale and goals of science education, subject matter, cognitive processes, value and ethical considerations, textbook role, and the type of understanding fostered by instructional strategies. For example, current goals for teaching science are internal to scholarly fields of scientific research while goals related to the new view are based on scientific and technological systems in social, cultural, and individual contexts. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.