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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
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21219, Date Accessed: 2/23/2020 5:36:20 AM

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