An examination of the change of the junior secondary school chemistry curriculum in the P. R. China: In the view of scientific literacy

Bing WEI, Gregory Peter THOMAS

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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. Copyright © 2006 Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-418
JournalResearch in Science Education
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

Citation

Wei, B., & Thomas, G. P. (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.

Keywords

  • Chemistry curriculum
  • Companion meanings
  • Curriculum change
  • Curriculum emphases
  • Science curriculum
  • Scientific literacy

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