ERIC Number: ED039130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
23 Inch Giants: Science History in Televised Instruction.
Welliver, Paul W.
Reported is a course that has been developed in North Carolina to incorporate the history of science into a ninth grade television physical science instructional program. It follows the model which Klopfer describes as "the election of the historical approach as the organizing principle for a whole science course, or for major segments of it." Units incorporated in the course were selected and adopted with the historical approach in mind. One of the major aims of this approach is to provide the students with a view of how present day science evolved. Major emphasis is placed upon intricate relationships of various discoveries to one another. When portraying various scientists on the television screen, an attempt is made to show the nature and personality of the individual scientist. Other themes included in the televised portion of the course are: (1) the development of scientific specialization, and (2) the varied nature and conditions of scientific discovery. The historical approach to science is incorporated into the television lessons series in a number of ways, including a significant number of dramatic vignetts and plays depicting important events in the lives and work of scientists. (BR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Paper Presented at Annual Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (18th, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 13-17, 1970)