Science-technology-society or technology-society-science? Insights from an ancient technology

Yeung Chung LEE

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Current approaches to science-technology-society (STS) education focus primarily on the controversial socio-scientific issues that arise from the application of science in modern technology. This paper argues for an interdisciplinary approach to STS education that embraces science, technology, history, and social and cultural studies. By employing a case study of traditional papermaking technology, it investigates how the interactions between technology and science can be explored in an authentic societal and cultural context across a historical time span. The term technology-society-science (TSS) is used to represent an alternative approach to linking technology, society, and science that aims to redress the imbalance between science and technology, and to resolve the tension between two diverging goals of STS education. The educational implications of this alternative approach to STS education are discussed. Copyright © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1927-1950
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


Lee, Y. C. (2010). Science-technology-society or technology-society-science? Insights from an ancient technology. International Journal of Science Education, 32(14), 1927-1950.


  • Curriculum
  • Multicultural
  • Science education
  • Technology education


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