Nature of chemistry in the national frame curricula for upper secondary education in Finland, Norway and Sweden

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Vesterinen , V-M , Aksela , M & Sundberg , M R 2009 , ' Nature of chemistry in the national frame curricula for upper secondary education in Finland, Norway and Sweden ' , NorDina : Nordisk tidsskrift i naturfagdidaktikk , vol. 5 , no. 2 , pp. 200-212 . < http://www.naturfagsenteret.no/binfil/download.php?did=6494 >

Title: Nature of chemistry in the national frame curricula for upper secondary education in Finland, Norway and Sweden
Author: Vesterinen, Veli-Matti; Aksela, Maija; Sundberg, Markku R.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry
University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry
University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry
Date: 2009
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: NorDina : Nordisk tidsskrift i naturfagdidaktikk
ISSN: 1504-4556
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/28561
Abstract: The aim of this study was to discover how current chemistry syllabi in the frame curricula for up- per secondary education in three Nordic countries (Finland, Norway, and Sweden) take into account topics related to the nature of chemistry. By qualitative content analysis, the statements related to the nature of chemistry were divided into categories. Conclusions and implications for improving the frame curricula under study were made by comparing results with research into the nature of science. Chemistry syllabi from the Nordic frame curricula analyzed take into account the aims related to the nature of chemistry in a very similar manner. The ideas that should be made more explicit in all of the analyzed curricula are: i) the limits of the chemical models and theories, ii) the relationship between chemistry and other natural sciences, iii) the importance of creativity in chemical research, iv) the concepts of evidence in science texts, v) the social nature of chemical research, and vi) chemistry as a technological practice.
Subject: 116 Chemical sciences
kemian opetus
kemia tieteenä
Chemistry education
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