Science and society in teacher education

Yeung Chung LEE

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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. Copyright © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of science education
EditorsRichard GUNSTONE
Place of PublicationDordrecht
ISBN (Electronic)9789400721500
ISBN (Print)9789400761650, 9789400721494
Publication statusPublished - 2015


Lee, Y. C. (2015). Science and society in teacher education. In R. Gunstone (Ed.), Encyclopedia of science education (pp. 860-862). Dordrecht: SpringerReference.


  • Science education
  • Society


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