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ERIC Number: EJ770464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Discursive Space(s) in Science Curriculum Materials in Canada, Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand
Ninnes, Peter
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v34 n5 p557-570 Sep 2002
I examine how science curricula are complicit in maintaining the dominance of knowledge production by major powers, particularly the USA, through their efforts to tell the "truth" about certain topics, and whether resistant counter-discourses are being mounted, especially in "peripheral" states such as Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa/New Zealand. I focus on one set of discourses within school textbooks, namely those about space science. My reading of selected textbooks indicates that students are presented with a limited and sanitized version of space science, with a heavy emphasis on US space-science achievements. Overall, attempts to counter this dominance occur through the inclusion of information about "local" space-science achievements. Nevertheless, there is very little attempt to criticize, problematize or contextualize space science historically, socially and economically, with the result that the textbooks reproduce the discourses of space science promoted by organizations such as NASA. (Contains 2 notes, 1 table, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; New Zealand; United States