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ERIC Number: EJ820297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Chemistry, the Terminal Science? The Impact of the High School Science Order on the Development of U.S. Chemistry Education
Sheppard, Keith; Robbins, Dennis M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v83 n11 p1617-1620 Nov 2006
This is a follow-up to a previous article about the historical development of the biology-chemistry-physics order of science courses in U.S. high schools. The ideas and influences behind the development of the order and some of the original arguments about the grade placement of chemistry are presented. The influence of a leading chemistry educator, Alexander Smith, is highlighted especially his support for a "physics first--chemistry last" order and its subsequent impact on the development of U.S. chemistry education. The article calls for more active engagement of the chemistry education community in the present debate about the high school science order.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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