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Science / Year 10 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

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Values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE230)

Elaborations
  • investigating technologies associated with the reduction of carbon pollution, such as carbon capture
  • considering innovative energy transfer devices, including those used in transport and communication
  • investigating the use and control of CFCs based on scientific studies of atmospheric ozone
  • recognising that financial backing from governments or commercial organisations is required for scientific developments and that this can determine what research is carried out
  • considering the use of genetic testing for decisions such as genetic counselling, embryo selection, identification of carriers of genetic mutations and the use of this information for personal use or by organisation such as insurance companies or medical facilities
General capabilities
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Values (Psychology)

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