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Investigations Relating to the Content of Science Courses


by Francis D. Curtis 1932

During the past quarter century several factors have operated in modifying instructional materials in science, especially those for the secondary school. Prominent among these influences are (1) the 'high-school movement,' which, beginning about 1892, brought into the sec- ondary schools enormously increasing numbers of pupils, and therefore reduced to a marked extent the degree of selection; (2) a resulting diminished emphasis upon the college-preparatory aim, which combined with other factors to render progressiyely less satisfactory and less appropriate the earlier type of textbook that comprised merely a somewhat simplified revision of materials written by university teachers for college and university classes; (3) important trends in educational psychology, prominent among which were a discrediting of the current extreme theories of general transfer and discipline and of serial and saltatory development and a growing acceptance of the functional point of view and of the theory of gradual and concomitant development; and (4) the beginnings of modern educational research, which has been contributing findings of increasing scope and refinement.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 31, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 33 Number 9, 1932, p. 109-119
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21219, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 7:50:56 PM

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