© 2001

Technology, Science Teaching, and Literacy

A Century of Growth


Part of the Innovations in Science Education and Technology book series (ISET, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pages 1-4
  3. Pages 5-36
  4. Pages 37-66
  5. Pages 121-163
  6. Pages 165-176
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 177-207

About this book


This book deals with the use of technology in science teaching. The author is not, nor has ever had an intention of being a “techie. ” Rather, I spent the first decade of my professional life as a high school physics teacher, making occasional uses of technology to further student understanding and to automate my own teaching practices. During my graduate work, my interest in the use of technology continued. Catalyzed, to some extent by the increasing availability of graphical interfaces for computers, the realization struck that the computer was more and more becoming a tool that all teachers could use to support their teaching practice—not simply those with a passion for the technology itself. The rapid changes in the hardware and software available, however, frequently caused me to reflect on the usefulness of technology—if it were to change at such a rapid pace, would anyone, save for those who diligently focused on the development of these tools, be able to effectively use technology in science teaching? Was change to rapid to yield a useful tool for teachers? To address this interest, I examined the nature of science teaching during this century—using the equally fluid notion of “scientific literacy”—which formed the organizing principle for this study. The result is a examination of how technology was used to accomplishing this goal of producing scientifically literate citizens. What was observed is that technology, indeed, consistently came to the service of teachers as they attempted to achieve this goal.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalb

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Technology, Science Teaching, and Literacy
  • Book Subtitle A Century of Growth
  • Authors Kenneth P. King
  • Series Title Innovations in Science Education and Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-306-46550-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-306-47653-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 207
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Education
    History, general
    Philosophy of Science
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