ERIC Number: ED260950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
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Wielding the Double-Edged Sword: Techniques for Teaching about Technology-Related Social Issues.
Anderson, Sara F.
This document on technology-related social issues has two parts. The first part is an essay which defines technological literacy and considers the relationship between society, culture, and technological innovations. In this essay the impact of technological innovation on nine strands in the socio-cultural system is examined. These strands are: science, engineering, technology, societal goals and values, the economic system, the political system, the societal/family system, the educational system, and the religious system. From the perspective of this systems analysis, goals and objectives for developing technological literacy in students are outlined, including: developing a holistic view of society and culture, developing an understanding of conflict as part of the necessary tension within a cultural system, establishing competence in understanding technological change, and developing respect for the natural world. Following the essay is a paper describing classroom activities designed to introduce students to historical and current technological innovations and their impact on society. In several class periods, students pick a single historical or contemporary innovation, list the effects of this innovation on our culture, categorize those events as planned or unforeseen, indicate whether the effects were local, regional, national, or global, and divide the effects into positive and negative. A chart is provided to help students analyze these changes and their impact. (LP)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Science Education, Secondary Education, Social Problems, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement, Technological Literacy, Technology
Sara F. Anderson, 2815 Key Boulevard, Arlington, VA (703 525-2139).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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