ERIC Number: EJ924564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
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Science and Colonialism: Content and Character of Natural Sciences in the Vernacular School Education in the Madras Presidency (1820-1900)
Venkateswaran, T. V.
Science & Education, v16 n1 p87-114 Jan 2007
Premising that place of instruction as the primary site of reproduction of world views are crucial for study of meaning change in the science and that the roles of authorship, production, distribution and reception of works within particular sciences and particular periods are important to understand the history of science education, this study examines the scientific education in three types of modern schools, viz, Missionary, Government and Private vernacular schools in the Madras Presidency during the nineteenth century. Though inadequate and elementary, science was not totally absent from the scheme of school education in the Madras Presidency and the place of science in the vernacular education and the attended efforts in publications on science in the vernacular languages can be seen in the context of the socio-political dynamics of the nineteenth century Madras Presidency. This paper locates the place of natural sciences in the school education.
Descriptors: World Views, Natural Sciences, Science Education, Foreign Policy, Science Instruction, Native Language
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