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ERIC Number: EJ1154792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
The Relevance of Science in a "Black Box" Technological World
Abrahams, Ian; Constantinou, Marina; Fotou, Nikolaos; Potterton, Bev
School Science Review, v98 n365 p85-89 Jun 2017
This article questions the need for relatively shallow, widespread, scientific literacy across a broad range of topics if it lacks the conceptual depth, and/or intellectual rigour, to provide any basis for rational, scientifically informed choices. We suggest that "functional," widespread scientific literacy should only be taught in key stage 3 (age 11-14) and should focus in greater depth on those areas of science relating to human health and some basic chemistry and physics. We also suggest that, in a "black box" technological world, individuals can be effective users of technology, and the underlying science, without the need for scientific literacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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