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Title:An analysis of Dewey's perception of science and technology in society: relevance and implications for an African science and technology policy for social and economic development
Author:Shumba, OversonISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:science and technology policy
science education
Economic and social development
Abstract:For a nation to have control of science and technology, science and technology skills have to be nurtured early in the education system. This assumption was held by John Dewey who, in his philosophy, places much premium on the impact that science and technology have on society. This paper describes Dewey's thoughts on the role of science and technology education in society. It demonstrates the relevance of his thinking to Zimbabwe's science and technology policy for social and economic transformation. In conclusion, the paper draws implications for Zimbabwe's science and technology education policy. It advocates an increasing role for science education research; shared responsibility for education among business and industry, university and technical and professional research institutions, parents, and others in society; provision of adequate curriculum resources; increased responsiveness of higher education to change and innovation; a critical evaluation of the role of examinations; the need for control of science and technology. Bibliogr., sum.