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In my previous post, I discussed teaching science in schools in terms of science and society, an idea that has previously been promoted by Sir Peter Gluckman.

So what content would be appropriate to include in such science and society/appreciating science curriculum?

I think you would have to include critical thinking/the scientific method at the core (something I believe has already been included in the latest redesign of the NZ science curriculum).

From my perspective, as a chemist, you would need to include:

atomic structure, a simplified description of the Periodic Table and chemical properties, contextualised perhaps by looking a a range of important elements, basic carbon chemistry perhaps related to plastics/proteins

In biology – basic cell structure, evolution …..perhaps some of our resident biologists could add to this, and perhaps physicists could do a similar list for physics?

Though it strikes me, that I have almost from the onset, instinctively separated science into the three historical disciplines. Is this the best way to go or should we teach science as a whole, and also pull in some history as well. I know it was the history of science, as shown on the TV show Connections, which got me hooked into science.

And are some schools doing this already?

Thoughts?