Science & Education

, Volume 12, Issue 7, pp 703–717 | Cite as

Against a Negative Image of Science: History of Science and the Teaching of Physics and Chemistry

  • J. Solbes
  • M. Traver


After a first approach to analyze which is today's status of the history ofscience in high school Physics and Chemistry classes, we attempt to demonstrate that an appropriateintroduction of several aspects of History and Sociology of Science in our classes can operate asignificant improvement in pupils' image and attitudes in science and science teaching. We will show thatseveral groups of pupils from 15 to 17 can improve significantly their interest in science after at least a yearworking with papers containing many different activities that involve several historical aspects of science, like contextbiographies, original papers, reports on STS in history or videos showing the making and growth of major conceptsin P & C.


High School Science Teaching Chemistry Class Negative Image Historical Aspect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Solbes
    • 1
  • M. Traver
    • 2
  1. 1.Manises & Department of Science TeachingUniversitat de ValènciaValènciaSpain
  2. 2.IES Sant Vicent FerrerAlgemesí ValènciaSpain

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