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When Science Education Crosses Over to Middle Years Humanities Programming

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

My career in the field of education began in 1986 as an elementary school teacher. I am currently Assistant Professor of Education in my home town of Edmonton in western Canada. I enjoy writing (both research related and fiction), gardening, exercising, and spending time with my daughter, Dakota.

  • Humanities Programming
  • Middle Years Schooling
  • Science Education

(Virtual Presentation, English)