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ERIC Number: ED520336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
Teaching Science and Technology in the Context of Societal and Personal Issues. National Science Teachers Association Position Statement
National Science Teachers Association (NJ1)
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) strongly promotes the education of a citizenry that is scientifically and technologically literate as defined in the National Science Education Standards (NRC 1996). This requires that individuals not only know, understand, and value scientific and technological concepts, processes, and outcomes, but that they are able to use and apply science and technology in their personal and social lives (Zeidler 2003). While both science and technology are human endeavors and involve similar basic procedures, science involves exploration of the "natural world" seeking explanations--based on evidence--for objects and events encountered, and technology focuses on the "human-made world". The purpose of understanding science and technology is not solely for the sake of learning, but rather to enable and motivate citizens to contribute to and engage in society (DeBoer 2000). Therefore, NSTA sets forth several declarations to promote the teaching of science and technology within the context of personal and societal issues. These declarations are presented in this paper.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)