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Ch 10: The History & Societal Contexts of Science

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The History & Societal Contexts of Science - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll find lessons on the history and societal contexts of science. You'll explore major theories, events and contributions throughout the history of science, such as the Copernican revolution and the theory of relativity. Additional lessons cover the biography and atomic theory of John Dalton and Louis Pasteur's germ theory of disease. After finishing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify various scientists from diverse backgrounds
  • Design culturally diverse science instruction
  • Discuss the influences on science as a human endeavor
  • Detail the impact of technology, economic activity and science on societies
  • Apply the scientific model to the decision-making process
  • Describe the formula of theoretical probability
  • Provide examples of risk-benefit analysis
  • Define scientific literacy and provide examples

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13 Lessons in Chapter 10: The History & Societal Contexts of Science
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The History of Science: Events, Contributions & Theories

1. The History of Science: Events, Contributions & Theories

In this lesson, we discuss a few significant events in science's history. We will see how science has changed over the years as we start to question what we think we know.

The Copernican Revolution

2. The Copernican Revolution

This lesson will discuss a famous astronomer by the name of Nicolaus Copernicus, his early history, his revolutionary idea, and why his model of the universe was actually wrong.

Theory of Relativity: Definition & Example

3. Theory of Relativity: Definition & Example

Watch this video lesson, and you will learn about the theory of special relativity and how it applies to you. Learn how you can use one of the most famous equations from this theory to calculate the power inside just one tiny object.

Who Was John Dalton? - Biography, Atomic Theory & Discovery

4. Who Was John Dalton? - Biography, Atomic Theory & Discovery

In this lesson, we will learn about John Dalton. We will learn about his life and how important learning and discovery was to him. We will also learn about his atomic theory and how it is important today.

The Germ Theory of Disease: Definition & Louis Pasteur

5. The Germ Theory of Disease: Definition & Louis Pasteur

In this lesson, we will look at one of the most influential experiments in the field of microbiology. We will learn how Louis Pasteur disproved the theory of spontaneous generation which helped lead to the development of the germ theory of disease.

Important Faces of Diversity in Science

6. Important Faces of Diversity in Science

Diversity in science is important and valuable, and has been shown to improve scientific results. Learn about some of the important faces of diversity in this field. Then take a quiz to see what you've learned.

Designing Culturally Diverse Science Instruction

7. Designing Culturally Diverse Science Instruction

Cultural awareness is a big part of being a teacher today, as our schools are becoming more diverse. In this lesson, we'll learn how to integrate contributions to science from diverse cultures into your curriculum.

The Influences on Science as a Human Endeavor

8. The Influences on Science as a Human Endeavor

Science is loved by many and criticized by some. What is there to love and dislike about it? This lesson answers this question from a personal, cultural, and global standpoint.

How Science, Technology & Economic Activity Shape Societies

9. How Science, Technology & Economic Activity Shape Societies

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how science, technology and economic activity have shaped human societies, from the agricultural revolution to the Industrial Revolution to the digital age. A short quiz will follow.

Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process

10. Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process

You've conducted the research and compiled it all together. Now what? What good is 300 pages of research if it is too complex to convey? You can turn it into a model and teach others, but be wary of the pitfalls.

What is Theoretical Probability? - Definition, Formula & Examples

11. What is Theoretical Probability? - Definition, Formula & Examples

Have you ever heard someone ask, 'What are the odds?' Usually what it is meant is, 'How likely is it that an event will happen?' This lesson explores finding the likelihood, or theoretical probability, that an event could occur.

Risk-Benefit Analysis: Definition & Example

12. Risk-Benefit Analysis: Definition & Example

What is a risk-benefit analysis? Learn about the information and steps needed to complete a risk-benefit analysis, and go through an example of how it's used in medicine.

Scientific Literacy: Definition & Examples

13. Scientific Literacy: Definition & Examples

Understanding the physical and natural world around us requires a firm grasp of science literacy. In this lesson, we'll explore a definition of science literacy and look at some examples.

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