ERIC Number: ED359057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Science/Technology/Society--Addressing the Real Problems in Science Education.
Yager, Robert E.
NASSP Curriculum Report, v22 n3 Jan 1993
As the nation's schools respond to calls for improved science education, educators are faced with the challenge of making what is learned in the classroom applicable to what is happening in society. This newsletter article discusses constructive and erroneous definitions of science, identifies several national reform efforts in the area of science education, and describes four exemplary science programs, at high schools in Iowa, Wisconsin, Washington State, and New Jersey, respectively. It is concluded that the science encountered in schools has no meaning in the students' regular lives and therefore seems unrelated and useless to them. Science/Technology/Society, a reform effort headquartered at Penn State University, is an effort to cast learning into a real world context where students bring their experiences into the classroom, where students ask questions and find their own solutions and explanations, and where teachers guide students rather than force them along a path. (PR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Quality, High Schools, Junior High Schools, Newsletters, Problem Solving, Science and Society, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Secondary School Science
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1537.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.