ERIC Number: ED317372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
"Science, Technology, and Society." An Introductory Unit.
Wisniewski, Lois; And Others
First year science students at University High School (Illinois State University) begin the year with a 3-week unit on science and technology. This unit, through various means, encompasses the past, present, and future technological advancements and their effects on life and life styles. Each student is given a series of years for which they research and pictorially display the science and technological advancements of the period. The finished product includes a summary of major inventions and scientists, as well as dates and effects on the world for the pictured discoveries. Students develop a better understanding of the impact of these advancements on social issues by conducting an interview with a senior citizen. Students prepare for the interview with a minimum of 25 questions spanning 5 related areas. The senior citizens have the opportunity to express their views on what they perceive to be the problems of today and predict future problems. Students can discuss present technological advancements and future implications after surveying journal articles and viewing exerpts from films. With their background knowledge, students create a three dimensional depiction of life in the future. This unit plan provides specific guidelines for each assignment, samples of time lines and interviews. It is stressed that this unit plan has been designed to successfully integrate the effects of technological advancements on personal life styles and societal issues. (CW)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Univ. High School.