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Title: Values & beliefs in science & technology education
Author: Riggs, C. Anne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3518 7969
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 1994
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The motivation for this thesis arose from personal dissatisfaction with the way I was tutoring in-service courses on biotechnology for teachers. Biotechnology is a area of science and technology which raises many controversial issues and I felt unable to discuss in a meaningful way such issues. I therefore began to research into the inclusion of value issues in science and technology education. The literature indicated that values are fundamental in decision-making and that values are a consequence of the beliefs, constructs or frameworks of meaning people hold. A study of the literature about the nature of technology and science was followed by a brief review of the inclusion of values in education. The area for the research was identified as educators' beliefs and perceptions about science and technology and the influence of these on the inclusion of awareness of values in teaching. Adopting an interpretive methodology, in-depth interviews were the main research technique but the interview questions were derived from the quantitative analysis of a questionnaire. The main research findings indicate that educators believe that science is socially constructed knowledge and that all aspects of technology are value-laden, yet the same educators present a positivistic, impersonal view of science and the only values addressed in technology are relate to economics and marketability. It is postulated that an impersonal, deterministic image of science and technology is not conducive to the inclusion of a wide range of values. In the concluding chapters the need for educators to reflect on their beliefs is emphasised and possible ways to do this explored.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Education & training