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Levrini, Olivia; Bertozzi, Eugenio; Gagliardi, Marta; Tomasini, Nella Grimellini; Pecori, Barbara; Tasquier, Giulia; Galili, Igal – Science & Education, 2014
The paper deals with physics teaching/learning in high school. An investigation in three upper secondary school classes in Italy explored the reactions of students to a structuring lecture on optics within the discipline-culture (DC) framework that organises physics knowledge around four interrelated fundamental theories of light. The lecture…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, High Schools, Secondary School Science
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Dibattista, Liborio; Morgese, Francesca – Science & Education, 2013
For quite some time, many EU and Italian Ministry of Education official documents have warmly suggested the introduction of the history and the philosophy of science in the teaching of science disciplines at school. Accordingly, there is a shared agreement between pedagogists and science historians about the efficacy of this approach towards an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Classrooms
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Glick, Thomas F. – Science & Education, 2010
The subfield of Darwin studies devoted to comparative reception coalesced around 1971 with the planning of a conference on the subject, at the University of Texas at Austin held in April 1972. The original focus was western Europe, Russia and the United States. Subsequently a spate of studies on the Italian reception added to the Eurocentric…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Trends, Evolution, Science Education
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Seligardi, Raffaella – Science & Education, 2006
After surveying some 18th century chemistry textbooks in Italy, this case study compares two Bolognese university textbooks related to the subject. Although the works in question represented two different ways of conceiving and using chemistry, both were within the Lavoisian framework. In other words, when a revolutionary theory passes from one…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis
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Favino, Federica – Science & Education, 2006
This article introduces some data regarding the teaching of mathematics in "La Sapienza" in the 17th century, with particular reference to the discipline's role in the statutes, the lecturers, the courses' programmes, the interest that Popes took in it. Specifically, it will focus on the changes that occured at the end of the 17th…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Teaching Methods, Intellectual Disciplines
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Lines, David A. – Science & Education, 2006
This paper focuses on the developments experienced by natural philosophy and mathematics in Bologna during a period of rapid change in the relationship of the various disciplines in the faculty of Arts and Medicine. Insisting that university science was characterized by a greater vitality than the traditional historiography usually concedes, this…
Descriptors: Natural Sciences, Scientific Concepts, World History, Mathematics Instruction