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Subject/Keyword
Science
Emphasis
Program-of-study
Perspective
Curriculum
Physics
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Chu, Man-Wai
Supervisor and department
Thomas, Gregory (Secondary Education)
Examining committee member and department
Nocente, Norma (Secondary Education)
Shanahan, Marie-Claire (Elementary Education)
Department
Department of Secondary Education
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-08-27T16:06:18Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Using Roberts’ seven science curriculum emphases as a framework, an investigation into Alberta’s physics program-of-study revealed pre-service, novice, and experienced teachers tended to focus on the emphasis Structure of Science. Other aspects of the program-of-study that was a high priority for teachers were the ideas of the holistic views of physics and student engagement which both fell beyond Roberts’ framework. Comparing the focus of the teacher participants to the curriculum leader, interpreted by the researcher to be a representative of the Curriculum Branch of Alberta Education, it was noted that the areas of weak overlap between the teacher participants and the curriculum leader were the ideas of Structure of Science and student engagement. However, the curriculum leader tended to focus more on Self as Explainer and Science, Technology, and Decision.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R36S5J
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License granted by Man-Wai Chu (manwai@ualberta.ca) on 2009-08-27T03:40:00Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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