Books, teachers, and committees-a comparative essay on authority in science education

Peter J. Fensham

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    In this essay, Professor Peter Fensham examines the respective roles of books, teachers and committees as source and authority of scientific information in the context of school science education. In his comparative analysis of recent curriculum development trends in the USA, England and Australia, he detects significant differences in what is accepted in the different countries as ’authority about science knowledge’ and argues that these differences emerge from the different historical, political and economic development of the three apparently similar countries.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)245-252
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean Journal of Science Education
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1980

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