Encyclopedia of Science Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Richard Gunstone

Science and Society in Teacher Education

  • Yeung Chung Lee
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_235-3



Contemporary science education serves the dual role of training future scientists and educating future users of scientific knowledge. This presents science teachers with the challenge of developing both students’ understanding of scientific knowledge and their awareness of the interactions between science and society to deliver the benefits of science while avoiding the pitfalls. The connection between science and society has become increasingly complex in light of the rapid advancements, in science and related technologies that permeate our lives, intertwining with consumerism, economic developments, and politics. This saturation is evident in the many science-related claims advertised by consumer products and the large-scale national development plans advanced by politicians to boost the economy that may ultimately endanger our natural environment.

The Aim of Science and Society Education

These developments have required that science...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Science and Environmental StudiesThe Hong Kong Institute of EducationTai-PoChina