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Tension Between Visions of Science Education: The Case of Energy Quality in Swedish Secondary Science Curricula
Uppsala universitet. Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (TekNaD)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5257-8208
2017 (English)In: Science & Education, ISSN 0926-7220, E-ISSN 1573-1901, Vol. 26, no 3-4, 323-344 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study is to contribute to an understanding of how curricular changeis accomplished in practice, including the positions and conflicts of key stakeholders andparticipants, and their actions in the process. As a case, we study the treatment of energy inSwedish secondary curricula in the period 1962–2011 and, in particular, how the notion ofenergy quality was introduced in the curricula in an energy course at upper secondary school in1983 and in physics at lower secondary school in 1994. In the analysis, we use Roberts’ twocompeting visions of science education, Vision I in which school science subjects largelymirror their corresponding academic disciplines and Vision II that incorporates societal mattersof science. In addition, a newly suggested Vision III represents a critical perspective on scienceeducation. Our analysis shows how Vision II and III aspects of science education have gainedimportance in curricula since the 1980s, but in competition with Vision I considerations.Energy quality played a central role in providing Vision II and III arguments in the curriculardebate on energy teaching. Subsequent educational research has found that Swedish teachersand students struggle with how to relate to energy quality in physics teaching, which weexplain as partly due to the tension between the competing visions.

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Springer Netherlands, 2017. Vol. 26, no 3-4, 323-344 p.
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Energy quality; Science education; Curriculum; Vision I and Vision II
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-137663DOI: 10.1007/s11191-017-9895-1ISI: 000404238300007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-137663DiVA: diva2:1098336
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