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The Role of Science Education in a Middle Years Humanities Program Model

Dr. Joanne Christine Neal.

As technology becomes increasingly prevalent in society, there is a growing need to teach our students to:

* understand that science is a human endeavour that impacts society; and

* become critical and ethical consumers of science as part of developing responsible citizenship.

Traditionally, a humanities approach to teaching and learning has not included science education. While scientific inquiry needs to continue to be taught as a key component of a quality science education, there is now a need to include that layer of science that deal with the social implicaitons of technology in our humanities programming.

This paper outlines a four point model for including science education in a humanities program for middle years schooling.

1. Biography: The Human Stories Behind the Science
2. History of Technological Evolution and the Resulting Impacts on Society and the Environment
3. Responsible Citizenship: Becoming Critical and Ethical Consumers of Science
4. Current Issues in Science as Content

Practical examples for implementation are also described in the paper.


Dr. Joanne Christine Neal  (Canada)
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education
Concordia University College of Alberta

I have been an educator for 17 years. My degrees are from the Univ ersities of Alberta and Oregon. I enjoy research and writing. In 1998, I received the Canadian College of Teachers Award for research and implementation in the field of humanities.

  • Humanities Programming
  • Middle Years Schooling
  • Science Education

(Virtual Presentation, English)