Scientists in the Classroom: The Cold War Reconstruction of American Science Education

Scientists in the Classroom: The Cold War Reconstruction of American Science Education

by J. Rudolph

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Scientists in the Classroom: The Cold War Reconstruction of American Science Education by J. Rudolph

Prompted by Soviet advances in science and engineering education, the federal government in collaboration with the nation's top scientists in 1956 launched an unprecedented program to reform pre-college science education in the US. John Rudolph traces the origins of this movement and two of its defining projects in high school physics and biology. Drawing on a range of archival material, he describes how the scientists involved used their wartime experiences in weapons development and defense consultation to guide their foray into the field of education and he reveals how the broader social and political conditions of 1950s Cold War America fundamentally shaped the nature of the course materials they produced.

Author Biography: John L. Rudolph is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349387939
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 12/23/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2002
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction1
Chapter 1Ideology and Education9
Chapter 2The State of Science in America33
Chapter 3NSF, Education, and National Security57
Chapter 4Wartime Techniques for Cold War Education83
Chapter 5PSSC: Engineering Rationality113
Chapter 6BSCS: Science and Social Progress137
Chapter 7Science/Education Transformed165
Conclusion: Politics and the Scientific Image193
List of Abbreviations201
List of Manuscript Collections Abbreviated in Notes203
Notes205
Index255

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