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An examination of the change of the Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum in the P.R. China: In the view of scientific literacy
Bing Wei1; & Gregory P. Thomas2
2006
Source PublicationResearch in Science Education
ISSN0157-244X
Volume36Issue:4Pages:403-418
Abstract

This paper investigated the change of the Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum (JSSCC) in the P. R. China over the period from 1978 to 2001. Document analysis was employed as the research method and data were collected from various versions of teaching syllabi, textbooks, and teachers' reference books published during this period. The changes of the purposes and content of the JSSCC were traced in the view of scientific literacy, which incorporates both subject matter and companion meanings in the light of the concept of 'curriculum emphases.' It was found that subject matter had been increasingly enlarged in its breadth but its requirements gradually decreased while companion meanings at different levels of this curriculum had been increasingly added from 1978 to 2001. On the basis of these findings it was concluded that the JSSCC had experienced a transition from being more elite to more future citizenry oriented during the period under study. Two implications of this study for science curriculum research were discussed.

KeywordChemistry Curriculum Companion Meanings Curriculum Change Curriculum Emphases Science Curriculum Scientific Literacy
DOI10.1007/s11165-006-9012-y
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research
WOS IDWOS:000203012100005
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorBing Wei
Affiliation1.Faculty of Education,University of Macau,Macao
2.Department of Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology,The Hong Kong Institute of Education,Hong Kong,Hong Kong
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Bing Wei,& Gregory P. Thomas. An examination of the change of the Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum in the P.R. China: In the view of scientific literacy[J]. Research in Science Education,2006,36(4):403-418.
APA Bing Wei,&& Gregory P. Thomas.(2006).An examination of the change of the Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum in the P.R. China: In the view of scientific literacy.Research in Science Education,36(4),403-418.
MLA Bing Wei,et al."An examination of the change of the Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum in the P.R. China: In the view of scientific literacy".Research in Science Education 36.4(2006):403-418.
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