ERIC Number: EJ1059103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Curriculum Reform Movements and Science Textbooks: A Retrospective Examination of 6th Grade Science Textbooks
Alpaslan, Muhammet Mustafa; Yalvac, Bugrahan; Loving, Cathleen C.
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v11 n2 p207-216 Apr 2015
Over 50 years, two major reform efforts in science education took place. The purpose of the present study is to explore how the educational reforms were reflected in nine 6th grade science textbooks published in 1975, in 1985 and in 1997 in terms of (a) the materials used, (b) the contexts to which the electricity concept was related, (c) the type of student activities, and (d) the domain of learning objectives dealing with text activities. For the analysis, a checklist was developed. Our findings show that the concept of teaching electricity has moved from transmitting a body of knowledge and the discipline of science orientation to a more social learning and a student centered pedagogical orientation.
Descriptors: Textbooks, Science Instruction, Grade 6, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Content, Energy, Scientific Concepts, Learning Activities, Check Lists, Teaching Methods, Learner Controlled Instruction, Educational History, Educational Change, Science Process Skills, Science Curriculum, STEM Education
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Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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