The roles of science in society and the nature of science are the focus of many science curricula. Current views about these two aspects of science have largely been informed by the history of scientific development. This article uses the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome—a recent health scare—as a case study to explore the roles of science and their relationship with the nature of science and societal factors. The review provides deeper insight into the difficulties that are encountered in fulfilling these roles, particularly those that relate to the nature of science. This review has implications for both school and public science education. Copyright © 2008 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
CitationLee, Y. C. (2008). Exploring the roles and nature of science: A case study of severe acute respiratory syndrome. International Journal of Science Education, 30(4), 515-541.
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