Curriculum movements in science education

Fensham, Peter J. (2014) Curriculum movements in science education. In Gunstone, Richard (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Science Education. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 1-5.

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"The Latin meaning of the word “curriculum” as the race course for athletic sports is a good place to start to describe the use of this word in science education. It conjures up senses of contest and of challenge that have been part of the science curriculum since its earliest beginnings in schooling. Curriculum also had a Latin meaning associating it with the “deeds and events for developing a child to an adult” that also finds resonance in how the teaching and learning of science has in some places and some occasions been conceived. It is this sense of the prescription of an intended curriculum – what is to be taught and learnt in science – that this entry discusses the science curriculum’s movement over time. Others in education, and indeed in science education, use the word “curriculum” much more widely to include the pedagogies in classroom practice, the many other explicit and implicit experiences that ..."--Publisher website

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ID Code: 82844
Item Type: Book Chapter
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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_151-2
ISBN: 9789400761650
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2015 23:08
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2016 14:53

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