CHAPTER 26

History of Science Curriculum Reform in the United States and the United Kingdom

J Myron Atkin

Stanford University

Paul Black

King's College London, United Kingdom

This chapter examines the history of curriculum reform in science education in the United States and the United Kingdom. For the United States, it identifies several periods of marked change from the mid-1700s to the 1980s and highlights some emblematic features of each one; more recent American curriculum developments are examined in all the other chapters in this section of the Handbook. In the case of the United Kingdom, the scope extends into the twenty-first century.

While certain parallels are evident in the development of science education in the two countries, ...

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