The relevance of science in a ‘black box’ technological world

Abrahams, Ian and Constantinou, Marina and Fotou, Nikolaos and Potterton, Beverley (2017) The relevance of science in a ‘black box’ technological world. School Science Review . ISSN 0036-6811

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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.

Keywords:scientific literacy, compulsory science
Subjects:X Education > X330 Academic studies in Secondary Education
X Education > X900 Others in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:27512
Deposited On:15 May 2017 17:14

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