Science, Technology & Society
By Babita Verma
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
Technology is often seen as a force working to make the life of the average citizen just a little bit better and working to ensure that each succeeding generation will know more and be able to do more than their predecessors could have even dreamed.
The earliest form of man who learned to use tools while searching for his food – the first time that an animal learned to harness the power of fire – the creation of the first community of people living and working together – the growth of the first crop from the first bit of farmed land. All have been discoveries made at various stages in our evolution and all have been early forms of science and technology. There is no doubt that these events have been beneficial to our species.
The STS movement has a long history in science education reform, and embraces a wide range of theories about the intersection between science, technology and society. Over the last twenty years, the work of Peter Fensham, the noted Australian science educator, is considered to have heavily contributed to reforms in science education. Fensham’s efforts included giving greater prominence to STS in the school science curriculum.
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