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

Paperback | May 3, 2002

byJohn L. Rudolph

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In response to Soviet advances in science and engineering education, the country’s top scientists with the support of the federal government in 1956 launched an unprecedented program to reform pre-college science education in the United States. Drawing on a wide range of archival material, John Rudolph traces the origins of two of the leading projects in this movement in high school physics and biology. Rudolph describes how the scientists directing these projects drew on 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 the 1950s Cold War America fundamentally shaped the nature of the course materials they eventually produced.

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In response to Soviet advances in science and engineering education, the country’s top scientists with the support of the federal government in 1956 launched an unprecedented program to reform pre-college science education in the United States. Drawing on a wide range of archival material, John Rudolph traces the origins of two of the ...

John L. Rudolph is Assistant Professor in the school of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.38 × 5.44 × 0.75 inPublished:May 3, 2002Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312295715

ISBN - 13:9780312295714

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Ideology and Education * The State of Science in America * NSF, Education, and National Security * Wartime Techniques for Cold War Education * PSSC: Engineering Rationality * BSCS: Science and Social Progress * Science/Education Transformed * Politics and the Scientific Image

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John L. Rudolph's compact, well-researched volume brings to light the intriguing history....