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ERIC Number: ED356955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 9
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Laboratories in Schools: Material Places, Mythic Spaces.
Gough, Noel
This paper discusses the relationship between the work that takes place in science laboratories and the science curriculum that is presented in the schools. The introduction asserts that although science education identifies itself with the scholarly disciplines of science, science educators should devise curricula that fairly represent these disciplines to learners. The second section proposes that science textbooks misrepresent science through oversimplification and that school science laboratories have fictionalized the science laboratory. The third section discusses the image of scientific work as depicted by textbooks and the realities of what is done in scientific laboratories. The fourth section discusses the politics of scientific writing and the potential power science exerts. The final section suggests that school laboratories do not resemble the work sites of professional scientists and proposes that school laboratories are more suited for object-oriented play and exploration. (Contains 18 references.) (MDH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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