Teaching STS: Construction of Time and Daylight Savings


In the “Teaching STS” collection, we’ve discussed teaching lessons (with some resources) about the social construction of time a number of times related to whether or not time exists at all (with research from the Max Planck Institute), reflections on the notion of aberrant time such as “leap seconds” (students are bothered by this one), and, even though when we write about the olympics, it is usually about derelict stadiums, it occurs to me that when the atomic clock was adopted and the length of the second transformed, “timing” at the Olympic games might have been an interesting topic to think about for students who imagine that the length of the second back in 1936 should be identical to the length of the second that Michael Phelps was swimming in 2008 (in Beijing).

At any rate, a nice entry point for a classroom situation for discussing time might be to use humor before you get into the nitty-gritty of “existence” or whether or not the basic units of measurement are less stable than we previously thought. Enter a satirical trailer about daylight savings … it would work to kick off a class on the topic of time.

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  3. be cool to have the kids do some podcasts and or videos like this only with a fieldwork research angle, send em out in the world like entomology students with their nets and kill jars!


  4. Oh yes, me too; loved the development and functioning of everyday objects. There are also a bunch of cool books on the construction and design of everyday things, for example, what constituted everyday objects centuries ago ( http://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Objects-Tara-Hamling/dp/0754666379/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415629658&sr=1-1&keywords=everyday+objects) as well as more modern or contemporary examples ( http://www.amazon.com/Design-Everyday-Things-Donald-Norman/dp/0465067107/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415629658&sr=1-4&keywords=everyday+objects )

    On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM, Installing (Social) Order wrote:



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