TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY (STS)
An emerging field of academic study in itself, STS is interdisciplinary
in nature, as it examines science and technology as social and cultural
phenomena. Researchers make important new discoveries almost daily—in
such areas as genetic engineering, the environment, emergent diseases,
computers and the internet, nuclear waste, and international agriculture—that
lead to ethical considerations that today's students will have to
face; many of these issues have never been addressed before because
they arose from new scientific knowledge and technological innovation.
Steve Metz, field editor of The Science Teacher, explains in his
December editorial that "when interconnections among science,
technology, and society are made part of science teaching, we empower
students with skills that allow them to become active, responsible,
and thoughtful citizens.” This issue of Science Class
explores how STS can engage your students and help answer the question
"Why do we have to learn this?"
STS in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
This month’s news stories, which discuss both research studies
and specific scientific and educational technologies, highlight
the connection among science, technology, and society.
to learn more.
on the Web
is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content
chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through
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Science and Technology: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635655112210551011
Journal Articles on STS
The archives of Science Scope provide several articles
that highlight the importance of the connections among science,
technology, and society.
Click here to learn more:
To read about STS in NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends books, visit
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
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a Presence for Science
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networking initiative of the National Science Teachers Association
(NSTA). The award-winning program is designed to improve the teaching
and learning of science from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Its mission is to end the isolation of classroom science teachers
and to provide them with professional development opportunities
and science teaching resources. Major funding for Building a Presence
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Educators use online tools that allow them to markup
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engage in chat, survey, and poll questions with others online.
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A new report says the United Kingdom’s (U.K.)
scientific competitiveness could be threatened by a lack of practical
science teaching. The U.K.’s National Endowment for Science,
Technology, and the Arts says that science experiments inspire
young scientists. But the organization’s survey of 510 science
teachers found that two-thirds of educators lacked time for conducting
experiments, while many said safety rules deterred them from doing
so. A previous survey found that fear about students’ misbehavior
was the main reason why many schools canceled hands-on science
activities. Government officials say a new curriculum in 2006
will address concerns about a lack of classroom time for experiments.
To read more, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4470148.stm.
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Responsibilities include oversight of the association’s
financial and budgetary matters. The Treasurer shall be appointed
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