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ERIC Number: ED129597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 381
Abstractor: N/A
Identifying World Views Projected by Science Teaching Materials: A Case Study Using Pepper's WORLD HYPOTHESES to Analyze a Biology Textbook.
Kilbourn, Brent
The purpose of this study is to develop and demonstrate the use of a conceptual framework for assessing the potential of "world view" as a concept for understanding important issues in science education. The framework is based on Stephen C. Pepper's treatment of six world hypotheses (animism, mysticism, formism, mechansim, contextualism, and organicism) in his book WORLD HYPOTHESES. The study has three major parts. The first is the development of the framework (analytical scheme). The second is its use as a perspective for understanding the relationship between world view and social issues, with special reference to the relevance of this relationship to curriculum concerns. The third is a case-study, demonstrative analysis of a biology textbook, which shows how the analytical scheme can be used to detect the projection of world views to students in science teaching materials. (Author/MH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Toronto; Contains occasional small and light type; Appendix V, pages A160-A317 were removed due to copyright restrictions