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The school and the public science 1945-2000
Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)
The project focuses on how school science and technology during the last 50 years have been forced to meet demands of how to increase their enrollement-- in other words how an inbuilt attractivness becomes a standing demand onto these scool subjects. My aim is to describe how these demands reconstructs science and technology as school subjects and how this also changes the image of the science student. I draw upon research mainly being done within the field of history of science education, which tries to place the relation between society and scienctific educations in a historical perspective. My material will be curricula on the one hand, and textbooks on the other. I will concentrate my analysis on big curriculum reforms and the relation between what is beeing said in these reforms and textbook content. This project will result in an insight into how political discourses can affect what is being taught in schools and how the will to steer young peoples attitudes takes place in school curricula. Research of this kind is an important field of study but has not been conducted in Sweden or anywhere else.
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