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E. L. Youmans: a force in nineteenth century American science education

Palmer, Bill (2005). E. L. Youmans: a force in nineteenth century American science education. In: Milutinovic, Veljko IPSI Conference, Carcassone, France, 23-26 April 2005.

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Author Palmer, Bill
Title E. L. Youmans: a force in nineteenth century American science education
Conference Name IPSI Conference
Conference Location Carcassone, France
Conference Dates 23-26 April 2005
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in the Internet, Processing, Systems, and Interdisciplinary Research
Editor Milutinovic, Veljko
Place of Publication Belgrade, Serbia
Publisher IPSI Belgrade
Publication Year 2005
ISBN 86-7466-117-3   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page CD-ROM
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract In 1977, David Layton (1977a) asked the question "Which five men can be considered the founding fathers of science education in Britain?" Reflecting on this, the question could have concerned the major contributors to science eductaion in any country, as the development of science education does not necessarily progress similarly in different countries. The theme of this paper will be the role of Edward Livingston Youmans (1821-1887) in helping to improve quality in science education in the Ubited States of America. Mention will also be made of his brother William Jay Youmans and of his sister, Eliza Youmans; both greatly assisted his work as well as making their own valuable contributions. Youmans' claim to greatness in the sphere of science education lies in the textbooks he wrote for children, the beautiful coloured illustrations that he produced (even though he was only partially-sighted) to explain the chemical concepts of his time, his extensive international educational contacts and his editorship of Popular Science Monthly; all of these n=increased the puplic's understanding of science. Some methodological issues in the writing of historical educational research will also be discussed, including searching for sources of historical fact and evaluating them, using resources now available through the World Wide Web and of putting the whole within a framework designed to celebrate the work of the science educationalists. It is on this foundation that the scientific discoveries of future generations are built.
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