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ERIC Number: ED402252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching about the History of Science and Technology in History Classrooms: A New Direction in STS Education.
Shim, Mee-Hye
This document provides an overview of the status of instruction concerning Science/Technology/Society (STS) issues in elementary and secondary history courses and makes a persuasive case for the implementation and expansion of courses addressing these issues. A quick review of research on the purpose of history of science education reveals a general consensus that it should support citizenship education and the inculcation of democratic principles. STS instruction satisfies these requirements through its focus on individual initiative, social responsibility, and the interdependence between society and technology. In addition, STS instruction often provides a chronological framework that buttresses traditional history instruction. Educators note that other goals for history instruction include engendering critical analysis, problem solving skills, appreciation for other cultures, and understanding the ideas and actions that have shaped the world. The interdisciplinary approach of STS instruction, drawing material from a wide variety of sources, supports all of these efforts. Reflecting the development and evolution of scientific and historical consciousness STS instruction also incorporates intellectual and cultural history. Nonetheless, a cursory examination of social studies curricula reveals a dearth of STS courses. Although promotion of STS education has proven popular at conferences and in the professional literature few inroads have been made at the school level. Reasons given for this shortage include the traditional (and still valid) complaint of too much content, too little time. Studies, however, indicate that STS courses are popular with students and can often serve as a gateway to introduce historical periods and themes. (MJP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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