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Korean Journal of General Education 2007;1(2):25-37.
Published online December 30, 2007.
Studies on Supplementary Teaching Materials for the Genera Education of Science & Technology - Movie Lorenzo s Oil in terms of hypothesis-testing learning model
Heesook Park
과학 기술 분야 교양과목의 영화 보조 학습자료 연구(Ⅰ)
We live in a world where almost every aspect of life is increasingly dependent upon scientific and technological progress. Science and technology(S&T) are no longer specialized subjects confined to scientists and engineers; they have become intertwined with each other and furthermore with society. With the trend toward knowledge driven societies worldwide, modern society produces scientific and technological knowledge at a rate where it s impossible for anybody to keep a clear overview. Therefore, education of S&T is indispensable not only to achieve sustainable development but also to create a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry. To educate scientifically and technologically literate individuals, they should learn scientific reasoning rather than nitty gritty scientific knowledges. In this study, new teaching method of scientific reasoning using movie as a supplementary teaching material for the general education of science & technology has been proposed “Lorenzo s Oil”(MCA Home Video, directed by George Miller, in 1993) is about a couple, Michaela and Augusto Odone, whose 6-year-old son is affected by adrenoleukodystrophy(ALD), a neuro-degenerative disease that soon reduces him to an almost vegetative state. The film is based on true facts and shows how the parents are able to learn complex medical and biochemical facts that permit them to understand the disease and try to find a cure for it. In this study, a movie “Lorenzo s Oil” was examined in terms of hypothesis-testing learning model, After incorporating some of this studies into the class, Kookmin university students understanding of the hypothesis-deductive thinking was improved appreciably.


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