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Can social sciences help to form the critical spirit in science education?
Many intellectuals think that the absence of social sciences in science education makes the content purely technical, which does not does not allow to “humanize” knowledge and skills.

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Carmen Wrede

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Social sciences believe that construtivism beats reality. Furthermore they believe that practical action is more favored then pure observation and collection of knowledge. Furthermore the practical level is to ‘educate’ humans avoid and/or overcome ‘problems’, while they are mostly using constructivism themself in order to shape situations in such a way that they become problems in order to create applications.
So what do you expect your students to learn from social science? How to lie and tell people fairy tales and call-to-action-stories so they make others believe there really is a problem for the sake of money?
(You do better if you offer them studies in mental magic then because it is more precise and less illusionary)
Social science is occupied by egoism as well. There is nothing one can really learn here to be a better human or do something for society. All kids learn is doing a job and handling everything like it was a job. And then they call it “professional behavior”.
Of course this is only my personal opinion. Others might see this whole question in a different light.
Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine

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Dear Carmen Wrede,
I will explain why I asked this question:
I belong to a generation of Tunisian scientists whose studies included, in addition to mathematics and the natural and physical sciences, philosophy, history, geography, literature, civics and study of foreign languages (this is what I call the social sciences). This generation has provided Tunisian society with modern, open, tolerant, incredulous, critically-minded (etc. ) scientists. Then there was a change in the curricula of science education that became focused only on mathematics and physics, accompanied by a decline in the learning of languages. This has spawned scientists, many of whom are dogmatic, to the point that among the DAECH recruits, university graduates are essentially scientists and engineers !!!!
Dibakar Pal

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Statistics have great application in every aspect of  social science. Use of SPSS is quite unique and interesting as well.
Kirk MacGregor

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I believe social sciences furnish the ethical base that good scientists need in order to use their knowledge and future discoveries to benefit rather than harm humanity.
Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine

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Dear Dibakar Pal: The use of computer tools for the processing and analysis of data, such as the SPSS software, is of interest to all sciences.
But the question asked is rather about the role of social sciences teaching in n the training of scientists.
Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine

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Dear Kirk MacGregor : Based on my long career as a teacher-researcher and on my own experience, I totally agree with you.
Daniela Sorea

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Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine
The presence of courses in the field of social sciences and humanities in the curricula of all university specialties is an inheritance of the Renaissance tradition in education. This presence assures, I believe, the completion of graduate training.
In Romania there has been a tendency to give up social and humanistic disciplines on the occasion of joining the Bologna Convention. However, curricular options are set at the level of each faculty, and things are like this: who wants to / or can pamper their students, also offers them (at least one) a course in the social or humanist area: sociology, history, communication. Foreign language courses are compulsory in the first two years of a bachelor level study for all university specialties.
Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine

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Daniela Sorea: Thank you for this valuable information on how things are going in your universities. In Tunisia, we have also introduced Bologna system since 2005 – 2006 and we have set up very interesting programs in science education and we have introduced social sciences and humanities in the form of optional teaching units. But most of our colleagues have not adhered to these programs and to the system itself and have continued to provide old programs under the new titles. They were supported by the education unions which, especially since 2011, are exercising an excessive power and calling for the abolition of the Bologna system !!!! …
Carmen Wrede

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Dear Oum,
I will show you a few definitions from social psychology. Basic defintions, so you do not think I am telling you lies here:
One premise for social psychology is that what people are calling social reality is active constructed. People do not react in an objective way when it comes to situations but how the they subjectivly perceive a situation.and then interpret it.
There speaks nothing against this so far because from our daily experience we can say that this is true.
What we furthermore know is that in social situations people influence each other and so how people behave is influenced by others.
Other fields like social sciences take the findings from research and use it now in order to find solutions for practical and social problems.
Social science is more practical. As said they are trying to solve problems how they occur in a >>current<< society. Those problems can for example be how to stabilize the system (no matter how good or bad it is). Beside that any tool can be used for organizational as well as individual purpose. And in most cases people will use those tools to establish a very individualistic if not to say egoistic system which leads then to decline in values.
Especially any system were parts are outsourced and combined with economic interests will become over time self-serving. And the next best thing they are then doing is constructing social realities in order to make others perceive a certain reality with certain problems and create arguments and papers and so on which are not at all objective anymore. And here we are again on the level of influence and furthermore manipulation of behavior.
Individualism and decline in values is a problem hard discussed in Germany. We are having great problems to controll egoism and corruption.
I am not saying that the knowledge itself is bad. There is no bad or good when it comes to knowledge itself. But in the hands of people who will use it as individuals self-serving this is a ticking bomb. Because not everyone is coming up with a high morality. And not every source can be tested how reliabel it is. There has to be in first place trust and some ethical thinking in sciences. But I can clearly tell you that people will take the chance when there is a chance they can act on an egostical level.
Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine

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Dear Carmen,
Thank you for all this relevant analysis that is for me, as a scientist, very valuable to better understand my world and my environment.
Oum Kalthoum

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