National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS)
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY
SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAMS SHOULD INCLUDE EXPERIENCES THAT PROVIDE FOR THE STUDY OF RELATIONSHIPS AMONG SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY.
KNOWLEDGE - Learners will understand:
Society often turns to science and technology to solve problems.
Science and technology have had both positive and negative impacts upon individuals, societies, and the environment in the past and present.
Science and technology have changed peoples' perceptions of the social and natural world, as well as their relationship to the land, economy and trade, their concept of security, and their major daily activities.
Values, beliefs, and attitudes that have been influenced by new scientific and technological knowledge (e.g., invention of the printing press, conceptions of the universe, applications of atomic energy, and genetic discoveries).
PROCESSES - Learners will be able to:
Ask and find answers to questions about the ways in which science and technology affect peoples' lives today in different places, and have done so in the past.
Seek and evaluate varied perspectives when weighing how specific applications of science and technology have impacted individuals and society.
Review sources to identify the purposes, points of view, biases, and intended audiences of reports and discussions of science and technology.
Select, organize, evaluate, and communicate information about the impact of science or technology on a society today or in the past.
PRODUCTS - Learners demonstrate understanding by:
Discussing current and past issues involving science and technology, and their consequences for society.