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ERIC Number: EJ998908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Temperature in Science Textbooks: Changes and Trends in Cross-National Perspective (1950-2000)
Radtka, Catherine
Science & Education, v22 n4 p847-866 Apr 2013
This study explores the way the concept of temperature was presented in lower-secondary science textbooks in France, Poland and England at the end of the 1950s and in the 2000s. I draw on history of science, history of education and book history to analyze different treatments of an apparently-similar scientific concept with regard to national contexts and diachronic change. Thus I include a presentation of the contexts in which the textbooks I study are published, and I analyse textbooks content revealing different approaches to present the notion of temperature. I argue that these results show that textbooks are valuable sources to investigate public representations of science and their shift over time, and I conclude by stressing the parallel of this evolution with change in everyday relationship with science and scientific instruments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France; Poland; United Kingdom (England)