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ERIC Number: EJ905117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1071-6084
A Model for Unified Science and Technology
Beven, Roy Q.; Raudebaugh, Robert A.
Journal of Technology Studies, v30 n1 p10-15 Win 2004
Scientific concepts and processes are best developed in the context of technological problem solving. However, even some of the best secondary science curricula are weak in technology education and visa versa. A goal of technology and science education is to integrate student learning of science and technology. The relationship between science and technology is so close that any presentation of science without developing an understanding of technology would portray an inaccurate picture of science (National Academy of Sciences [NAS], 1996). The key to a unified approach for science and technology lies in the use of the Technological Design Process as the format for learning and curriculum. The model presented in this article represents a unified science and technology curriculum with a transportation theme for the middle grades. Students are engaged in the design-build process involving familiar concept vehicles and research of pertinent information in a scientific manner. The curriculum model, which the authors have titled "Move with Science and Technology," is composed of a unifying project and four related units of study. This unified science and technology model is guided by the National Science Education Standards mandate to supplement middle-level science coursework with "activities that are meant to meet a human need, solve a human problem, or develop a product." (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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