ERIC Number: EJ928447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Scientific Self-Defense: Transforming Dewey's Idea of Technological Transparency
Waddington, David I.
Educational Theory, v60 n5 p621-638 Oct 2010
In this essay, David Waddington provides a basic outline of John Dewey's often-overlooked views on technology education and explores how these ideas could be updated productively for use in contemporary contexts. Some of the shortcomings of Dewey's ideas are also examined--his faith in the scientific method may have been excessive, and some critics have charged that his aspirations for a technology-infused citizenship education were overly ambitious. However, Waddington contends in this analysis that by combining Dewey's ideas with the insights of contemporary thinkers such as Bruno Latour, it is possible to update the notion of technological transparency to create a fresh approach to science and technology education. This new approach, which Waddington calls "critical transparency," aims to help citizens develop a healthy skepticism toward science and technology.
Descriptors: Technology Education, Science Education, Time Perspective, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Attitudes, Evaluative Thinking
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