Ethics and Social Responsibility in Science Education by M. J. Frazer, A. Kornhauser

By M. J. Frazer, A. Kornhauser

Questions of ethics and social accountability became an unavoidable a part of technology schooling. academics are being uncovered to the tough job of facing international values, in addition to with those who are strongly depending on tradition and civilization. during this quantity, many distinct overseas participants have tried to stimulate an knowledge of the moral and social dimensions in technology schooling by way of offering chosen difficulties and via delivering details at the efforts being made to accommodate moral and social difficulties within the perform of technological know-how schooling.

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The problem of population growth is presented by H. F. Hoenigsberg who links the biological and social crisis with the interdependence of science and culture. He gives an alternative view of "overpopulation" by stressing that the physical capacity of a region for independent reproduc­ tion defines the population optimum. In describing man's fundamental needs he distinguishes two types: the biological and the socio-cultural which have to be fulfilled to avoid frustrations. Special attention is paid to the dangers of environmental breakdown.

In the first, the accuracy of data is dominant. The professionalism of a researcher can be measured to some extent by his attention to detail. It is assumed that published results are correct. An irresponsible, careless approach to experimental data leads to the worst consequence for a researcher — to his scientific death! He continues his work, but his papers are not read and cited by researchers. In the minds of other scientists, he no longer exists. Nobody is interested in reproducing his results.

Governmental funds, international funds, industrial funds and even private funds. A most important feature is the international character of science which protects research from one-sided pressures: political, religious, short-term consumer-oriented ones, etc. , that no state is capable of developing science, or even parts of it, on its own. The polycentric character of science is also reflected in different possibilities of publishing research results. There is a large number of scientific journals which are overlapping in their scope.

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