The Training of Physics Teachers in Cuba: A Historical Approach

  • Diego de Jesús Alamino OrtegaEmail author
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 304)


The regular, systematic training of physics teachers in Cuba is quite recent when compared to the long history of physics itself. However, its development may serve to illustrate some interesting solutions to a long-standing question: How should a physics teacher be trained in agreement with a certain society at a given moment? In the Cuban context the answer to this question involves quite an original sequence of continuities and breaks, following perhaps the thoughts of Bolívar’s teacher, Simón Rodríguez, who wrote in the nineteenth century: “Beware! The mania of slavishly imitating the enlightened nations may well make America in its infancy play the role of an old lady.”


Pedagogical Institute High School Teacher Physic Teacher Teacher Training College Marxist Philosophy 
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Syllabuses and textbooks used in physics teaching in Cuba have also been consulted. The author gratefully acknowledges his cooperation with former students and teachers, on whose testimonies much of the above is based.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Exact Sciences DepartmentUniversity of Pedagogic SciencesMatanzasCuba

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