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Scientists in the Classroom

The Cold War Reconstruction of American Science Education

Authors: Rudolph, J.

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During the 1950s, leading American scientists embarked on an unprecedented project to remake high school science education. Dissatisfaction with the 'soft' school curriculum of the time advocated by the professional education establishment, and concern over the growing technological sophistication of the Soviet Union, led government officials to encourage a handful of elite research scientists, fresh from their World War II successes, to revitalize the nations' science curricula. In Scientists in the Classroom , John L. Rudolph argues that the Cold War environment, long neglected in the history of education literature, is crucial to understanding both the reasons for the public acceptance of scientific authority in the field of education and the nature of the curriculum materials that were eventually produced. Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped resources from government and university archives, Rudolph focuses on the National Science Foundation-supported curriculum projects initiated in 1956. What the historical record reveals, according to Rudolph, is that these materials were designed not just to improve American science education, but to advance the professional interest of the American scientific community in the postwar period as well.

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JOHN L. RUDOLPH is Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

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'In this masterly study...he provides a much richer context for understanding the role of science in 20th century American culture. Highly recommended.' - Library Journal

'John L. Rudolph's compact, well-researched volume brings to light the intriguing history...' - Jessica Wang, American Historical Review

'For those interested in the relations between technology and culture, there is much to appreciate in this book.' - Amy C. Crumpton, Technology and Culture

'Rudolph has set a high standard in the scholarship of curriculum history...' - Alan W. Garrett, History of Education Quarterly

'His skilfully woven narrative is easy to read, and draws on an impressive array of unpublished, archival sources.' - David Kaiser, Science Education


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scientists in the Classroom
Book Subtitle
The Cold War Reconstruction of American Science Education
Authors
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
John L. Rudolph
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10736-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230107366
Softcover ISBN
978-0-312-29571-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-38793-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 262
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