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?