Using a highly original blend of history, social analysis, and cultural criticism, this remarkably enlightening volume offers the first examination to date of the history of science education in America. It reveals the profound impact science has had upon the changing theory, debate, and practice of schooling from the pre-revolutionary era through the recent conflicts of the 1980s and 1990s. Although a number of excellent studies have dealt with the separate topics of American science and American education, no single volume has yet explored the deep and lasting connections between these two essential influences on the national culture. With a great deal of attention now being turned to the subject of curriculum reformmuch of it either aimed at science education itself or else guided by ideas and philosophies that emerged in the past under the rubric of the "scientific"the need for this book has become particularly acute.
Scott L. Montgomery is a geologist, writer, and translator currently residing in Seattle, Washington. Author of Minds for the Making, he has written widely in the areas of science, culture, and language studies and has published essays in many journals, including Science as Culture, The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Central Park.
For educational historians, curriculum specialists, and historians of science, as well as scholars and students involved in American history and culture, and the burgeoning area of science and technology studies. With its broad scope and detailed analyses, it will also invigorate the work of sociologists, policy makers, cultural critics, and anyone concerned with the impact of science and technology on society.