Approaches to the teaching of STS in science education

Peter J. Fensham

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    The Science, Technology and Society movement is a movement within higher and school education that seeks to bring the science education of students at these respective levels more closely to their needs as members of increasingly technological societies. As far as school science education is concerned, two parallel developments have been occurring since the mid 1970s. The first is an evolving conception of the ways in which these interactions between Science, Technology and Society may be dealt with in science education. The other is the development of text and other curriculum materials that provide assistance for teachers wishing to teach science with these emphases. This paper outlines these two developments and brings them together by using an epistemological typology from the first to classify the varieties of curriculum materials now available.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)346-356
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988

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