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History, Philosophy and Science Teaching

New Perspectives

  • Michael R. Matthews


  • Presents a sustained philosophically-informed examination of science, culture, and education

  • Shows detailed accounts of the application of history and philosophy of science in the construction and justification of science curricula

  • Brings philosophy of education to bear upon the vexed issue of indoctrination in science education

  • Provides a concise overview of the field and its key research traditions


Part of the Science: Philosophy, History and Education book series (SPHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Science, Culture and Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Deniz Peker, Özgür Taskin
      Pages 67-97
    3. Christine L. McCarthy
      Pages 99-136
  3. Teaching and Learning Science

  4. Curriculum Development and Justification

  5. Indoctrination and Science Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Paul A. Wagner
      Pages 307-315
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 317-326

About this book


This anthology opens new perspectives in the domain of history, philosophy, and science teaching research.  Its four sections are: first, science, culture and education; second, the teaching and learning of science; third, curriculum development and justification; and fourth, indoctrination.
The first group of essays deal with the neglected topic of science education and the Enlightenment tradition.  These essays show that many core commitments of modern science education have their roots in this tradition, and consequently all can benefit from a more informed awareness of its strengths and weaknesses.  Other essays address research on leaning and teaching from the perspectives of social epistemology and educational psychology.  Included here is the first ever English translation of Ernst Mach’s most influential 1890 paper on ‘The Psychological and Logical Moment in Natural Science Teaching’.  This paper launched the influential Machian tradition in education.
Other essays address concrete cases of the utilisation of history and philosophy in the development and justification of school science curricula.  These are instances of the supportive relation of HPS&ST research to curriculum theorising.  Finally, two essays address the topic of Indoctrination in science education; a subject long-discussed in philosophy of education, but inadequately in science education.

This book is a timely reminder of why history and philosophy of science are urgently needed to support understanding of science.  From major traditions such as the Enlightenment to the tensions around cultural studies of science, the book provides a comprehensive context for the scientific endeavour, drawing on curriculum and instructional examples.
Sibel Erduran, University of Oxford, UK

The scholarship that each of the authors in this volume offers deepens our understanding of what we teach in science and why that understanding matters.  This is an important book exploring a wide set of issues and should be read by anyone with an interest in science or science education.
Jonathan Osborne, Stanford University, USA

This volume presents new and updated perspectives in the field, such as the Enlightenment Tradition, Cultural Studies, Indoctrination in Science Education, and Nature of Science.  Highly recommended.
Mansoor Niaz, Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela

This volume provides an extremely valuable set of insights into educational issues related to the history and philosophy of science.
Michael J Reiss, University College London, UK


HPS History of science Inquiry learning NOS Nature of Science Philosophy of science Science curriculum Science teaching Scientific knowledge Scientific method

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael R. Matthews
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title History, Philosophy and Science Teaching
  • Book Subtitle New Perspectives
  • Editors Michael R. Matthews
  • Series Title Science: Philosophy, History and Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Science: Philosophy, History and Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-62614-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87355-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-62616-1
  • Series ISSN 2520-8594
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-8608
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 326
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
    Philosophy of Science
    Educational Philosophy
    Philosophy of Education
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