ERIC Number: ED253467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Science-Related Social Issues: Challenges for the Social Studies. ERIC Digest No. 16.
Patrick, John J.; Remy, Richard C.
Background, rationale, and promising practices for teaching about science-related social issues in the science and social studies classroom are presented. Material is divided into five sections, each introduced with a topical question. The first section considers the challenges associated with the pervasive influences of science and technology in modern society, while the second section examines the extent to which these challenges are being met. The following indicators are reviewed: national reports and guidelines; research on student knowledge and attitudes regarding science, technology, and society; and current curricula and textbook analyses. The third section examines ways in which educators can improve the education of citizens in science-technology-society issues. The final section outlines promising practices for teaching this content and skill area. Decision trees, role plays, and simulations are among the strategies discussed. A number of recommendations are presented. A 17-entry resource section concludes the document. (LP)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Decision Making, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Science Education, Social Problems, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Technology, Textbook Evaluation
ERIC/ChESS, 855 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.