CHAPTER ONE – RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY by Dr. N. E. U. INYANG
The impact of Science upon society and vice versa is enormous. There is no aspect of life in
the society which is not influenced by, and in many ways-dependent upon, science and technology. It is also evident that the direction which science takes as reflected in priorities and spending decisions, is determined as much by society as by any scientific inevitability. (Solomon, 1983). Science is an endeavour of and for society, both because it is a source of technology for attacking contemporary problems and because its system of thinking is rooted in the attitude of its own society.
This introductory chapter to the course on Science and Society touches on aspects which are dealt with in detail in the text. It is intended to give the students a general view of the course content. It deals with the definition of science and touches on selected aspects of the impacts of society on science on one hand and the impacts of science on society on the other. Some notes on the abuse of science and technology through certain unwholesome practices have been cited. The chapter ends with some limitations of science and technology.
Inyang, N. E. U. (1997): Relationship between science and society in Inyang, N. E. U. and Maria – Helen E. Ekah (Eds) Science and Society Uyo: Afahaide and Bross Pub. Co. pp. 1-8.
Prof. Nsedu Inyang
Professor N.E.U. Inyang has always been a teacher. He started as an Assistant Science Master at Duke Town Secondary School, Calabar. From 1976 till date he has taught in various institutions. He was appointed Acting Head, Department of Science Education in Uniuyo from 1994-1998 and promoted Associate and full Professor of Science Education in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He has taught undergraduate courses in Science Education, supervised undergraduate projects and jointly supervised Masters and Ph.D dissertations and theses both in University of Uyo and during his sabbatical leave to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Prof. Nsedu Inyang served in various capacities in the Science Teachers‘ Association of Nigeria (STAN) at both State and National levels. It was during his tenure as Chairman of Akwa Ibom State branch of STAN, He that Akwa Ibom State Branch was adjudged the best branch of the year for an outstanding membership among other achievements. Prof. Inyang served the Akwa Ibom State Government as a resource person at various workshops for primary and secondary school science and mathematics teachers.
Prof. Nsedu Inyang has been engaged in a number of Editorial services. He jointly published Integrated Science Workshop proceedings on the Integrated Science Curriculum in the 3 3 system Secondary Education in 1981. He jointly edited a book of readings on science and society 1997. He is editorial adviser of the integrated Science Education series of Integrated Science Panel of STAN and an author of the Basic Science of the University Press Plc, Ibadan, Nigeria.
To date, Prof. Nsedu Inyang has 45 publications to his credit made up of 22 journal articles and 23 book chapters, many of which can be accessed on this knowledgebase. He attended and presented several the keynote addresses and lead papers at conferences, some of which includes Teacher’s Day in 2009 at the Akwa Ibom State rally of NUT and a motivational talk at the Mobil/NNPC/Akwa Ibom State Science quiz, facilitated by the Akwa Ibom State Branch of STAN etc.
Prof. Nsedu Inyang has played a number of leadership roles in his christian life. He is happily married and is blessed with successful children.
His personal knowledgebase and website can be accessed via www.nseduinyang.com.ng
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