Academy newsletter Volume 4 Issue 1-2004.

Academy newsletter Volume 4 Issue 1-2004.

Palestine Academy for Science and Technology has
defined Science as a dynamic, collaborative human
activity that uses distinctive ways of valuing,
thinking and working to understand natural
phenomena, while technology as a systematic
knowledge of a particular art. The success of a
technology depends upon the society in which it
is developed. Once a technology is discovered, it
must be applied. Learning about science enables
the determination of priorities for research and the
direction and development of science and
technology.
Science education should empower people to be
questioning, reflective and critical thinkers. It does
this by giving them particular ways of looking at
the world and by emphasizing the importance of
evidence in forming conclusions. Science
education develops people’s confidence to initiate
and manage change to meet personal, vocational
and societal needs. Science education assists
people to be active citizens by providing the
understandings they need to be informed
contributors to debates about sensitive, moral,
ethical and environmental issues. It is important
that the Palestinian people appreciate and
understand how the study of science presents them
with opportunities for responsible decision making
in their local, national and global communities.