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ERIC Number: EJ1039637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
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ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Towards "Bildung"-Oriented Chemistry Education
Sjöström, Jesper
Science & Education, v22 n7 p1873-1890 Jul 2013
This paper concerns "Bildung"-oriented chemistry education, based on a reflective and critical discourse of chemistry. It is contrasted with the dominant type of chemistry education, based on the mainstream discourse of chemistry. "Bildung"-oriented chemistry education includes not only content knowledge in chemistry, but also knowledge about chemistry, both about the nature of chemistry and about its role in society. In 2004 Mahaffy suggested a tetrahedron model based on Johnstone's chemical triangle. The latter represents the formal aspects of chemistry teaching (macro, submicro, and symbolic) and the top of the tetrahedron represents a human element. In the present paper the following subdivision of the top is suggested (starting from the bottom): (1) applied chemistry, (2) socio-cultural context, and (3) critical-philosophic approach. The professional identity of the "Bildung"-oriented chemistry teacher differs from that of the chemist and is informed by research fields such as Philosophy of Chemistry, Science and Technology Studies, and Environmental Education. He/she takes a socio-critical approach to chemistry, emphasising both the benefits and risks of chemistry and its applications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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