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Exploring Science Curriculum Emphases in Relation to the Alberta Physics Program-of-Study

  • Author / Creator
    Chu, Man-Wai
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    2009-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R36S5J
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Secondary Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Thomas, Gregory (Secondary Education)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Shanahan, Marie-Claire (Elementary Education)
    • Nocente, Norma (Secondary Education)