ERIC Number: ED271311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Changing Society: New Perspectives for Science Education.
Hurd, Paul DeHart
Perspectives on the reconstruction of science education in terms of current economic and social conditions and the foreseeable future are presented in this publication. An acceptable science curriculum is described as one that has cultural as well as scientific and technological validity. Elements that have been identified as essential for the reformation of science education include: (1) required instruction of science for all students from kindergarten through grade 10; (2) organization of courses in a social context rather than in the special disciplines; (3) a balance of science and technology with an emphasis on their interrelationships with each other, society, and human values; (4) a concentration on critical thinking skills and responsible decisionmaking; and (5) a framing of courses around persistent social problems, associated with the environment, health, and technology. A reconceptualization of the science curriculum is viewed as critical for the transformation of science education. It is also important that a framework of strategic policies should precede these efforts so that social progress will be promoted, the quality of life will be improved and meaning will be attached to the work and leisure life of the individual. (ML)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Problem Solving, Science and Society, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Secondary School Science, Technology, Values Education
PACE, 3659 Tolman Hall, Department of Education, Berkeley, CA 94720. ($2.00; 10 or more, 10% discount).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education, Berkeley, CA.