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ERIC Number: EJ808377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Social and Ethical Dimension of the Natural Sciences, Complex Problems of the Age, Interdisciplinarity, and the Contribution of Education
Develaki, Maria
Science & Education, v17 n8-9 p873-888 Sep 2008
In view of the complex problems of this age, the question of the socio-ethical dimension of science acquires particular importance. We approach this matter from a philosophical and sociological standpoint, looking at such focal concerns as the motivation, purposes and methods of scientific activity, the ambivalence of scientific research and the concomitant risks, and the conflict between research freedom and external socio-political intervention. We then point out the impediments to the effectiveness of cross-disciplinary or broader meetings for addressing these complex problems and managing the associated risks, given the difficulty in communication between experts in different fields and non-experts, difficulties that education is challenged to help resolve. We find that the social necessity of informed decision-making on the basis of cross-disciplinary collaboration is reflected in the newer curricula, such as that of Greece, in aims like the acquisition of cross-subject knowledge and skills, and the ability to make decisions on controversial issues involving value conflicts. The interest and the reflections of the science education community in these matters increase its--traditionally limited--contribution to the theoretical debate on education and, by extension, the value of science education in the education system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece