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    The relevance of science in a ‘black box’ technological world

    Abrahams, Ian and Constantinou, Marina and Fotou, Nikolaos and Potterton, Bev (2017) The relevance of science in a ‘black box’ technological world. School Science Review (365). pp. 85-90. ISSN 0036–6811

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    This article questions the need for relatively shallow, widespread, scientific literacy across a broad range of topics if it lacks the conceptual depth, and/or intellectual rigour, to provide any basis for rational, scientifically informed choices. We suggest that functional, widespread scientific literacy should only be taught in key stage 3 (age 11–14) and should focus in greater depth on those areas of science relating to human health and some basic chemistry and physics. We also suggest that, in a ‘black box’ technological world, individuals can be effective users of technology, and the underlying science, without the need for scientific literacy.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Ian Abrahams, Marina Constantinou, Nikolaos Fotou, Bev Potterton. (2017). The relevance of science in a ‘black box’ technological world. School Science Review. 365. 85-90.
    Keywords: scientific literacy; compulsory science;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 9165
    Depositing User: Dr Nikolaos Fotou
    Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 17:51
    Journal or Publication Title: School Science Review
    Publisher: Association for Science Education
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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