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SCIENCE EDUCATION

Have enquiry-oriented science curricula failed?

Pinchas Tamir

 

INTRODUCTION

Twenty years later

In 1970 Lee Shulman was asked by Robert Travers to write a chapter on science education for the prestigious Second Handbook for Research on Teaching. Fortunately for me, he decided to spend his sabbatical in Jerusalem and asked me to be a co-author.

More than twenty years later I was invited by the editors of this Companion to discuss the contemporary problems and issues in science education. I decided to describe the state of affairs in 1993 by looking back at Shulman and Tamir (1973) and comparing it with Gabel (1993). Following are some interesting figures, based on the data reported in or extracted from the two handbooks. ...

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