ERIC Number: EJ924570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Teaching Modern Chemistry through "Recurrent Historical Teaching Models"
Chamizo, Jose Antonio
Science & Education, v16 n2 p197-216 Feb 2007
Today there are little more of 3 million chemist all over the world producing about 800,000 papers a year. They produce new substances--from some hundreds in 1800 to about 20 million now--the vast majority artificial. This rate is growing quite fast. Once the majority of chemistry teachers all over the world used textbooks as the main (sometimes the only) source of information, we became, without wanting to..."history teachers"! If "scientific literacy" is the aim of science lessons in school, it is much more than the literacy now developed in science classrooms. It must include an understanding of the nature and process by which scientific activities are carried out. Recognition of the exponentially chemistry knowledge growth and the incompleteness of the current chemistry textbooks are thus intimately related to recognition of the need for recurrent historical teaching models.
Descriptors: Textbooks, Teaching Models, Chemistry, Scientific Literacy, Classrooms, Science Activities, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, History
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