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ERIC Number: EJ870210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
The Development of Dalton's Atomic Theory as a Case Study in the History of Science: Reflections for Educators in Chemistry
Viana, Helio Elael Bonini; Porto, Paulo Alves
Science & Education, v19 n1 p75-90 Jan 2010
The inclusion of the history of science in science curricula--and specially, in the curricula of science teachers--is a trend that has been followed in several countries. The reasons advanced for the study of the history of science are manifold. This paper presents a case study in the history of chemistry, on the early developments of John Dalton's atomic theory. Based on the case study, several questions that are worth discussing in educational contexts are pointed out. It is argued that the kind of history of science that was made in the first decades of the twentieth century (encyclopaedic, continuist, essentially anachronistic) is not appropriate for the development of the competences that are expected from the students of sciences in the present. Science teaching for current days will benefit from the approach that may be termed the "new historiography of science".
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Language: English
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