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Handbook of Research on Science Education by Michael Talbot-Smith

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CHAPTER 29

Humanistic Perspectives in the Science Curriculum

Glen S. Aikenhead

University of Saskatchewan

Probably the most pervasive alternative to the traditional science curriculum has been a humanistic approach to school science that is intended to prepare future citizens to critically and rationally assess science and technology. This goal views science as a human endeavor embedded within a social milieu of society and carried out by various social communities of scientists. The purpose of this chapter is to synthesize the research that has investigated humanistic perspectives in the school science curriculum, perspectives that would significantly alter the tenor of school science.

Any perspective on the science curriculum, be it humanistic ...

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