Science Education for Changing Times

by Paul Hurd - 1960

The march of science just preceding and following the mid-period of the twentieth century has caused education to realize that science-teaching must differ in emphasis, purpose, and kind from that of the preatomic and premissile eras. During the past twenty years science has contributed many distinguishing characteristics of our civilization. National security, economic stability, public welfare, and the maintenance of a free society are intimately related to the discoveries of science and the applications thereof. The emerging scientific revolution, together with the trend toward world industrialization, demands a program of science education with new dimensions. More than a casual acquaintance with scientific enterprise is essential for effective citizenship. It is apparent that now is the time to evaluate and redefine the purposes of science teaching.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 59, No. 1

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 61 Number 9, 1960, p. 18-37 ID Number: 19829, Date Accessed: 9/22/2020 8:45:53 PM

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