Learning by Doing: Experiments and Instrument in the History of Science Teaching
4 - 5 April 2009
The international symposium 'Learning by doing: Experiments and Instruments in the History of Science Teaching' will take place on 4-5 April 2009 at the University of Regensburg (Ratisbon) in Germany. The symposium precedes the Annual Congress of the Deutscher Verein zur Förderung des mathematischen und naturwissenschaftlichen Uniterrichts (German Society for the Promotion of Mathematics and Science Teaching, MNU) which takes place on 5-9 April 2009.
The symposium will focus on experiments and instruments in the history of science teaching. This is one of the topics that has not enjoyed much attention within the larger scholarship on history of science. With the 'pragmatic turn' in the 1990s, experiments, scientific instruments and scientific practice came into focus in history of science. Science teaching, by contrast, is still looked at rather as context or boundary condition of scientific research in educational institutions. Parallel to the neglect of experiment (Alan Franklin, 1986), one could speak here of a neglect of science teaching in history of science. This appears to be even more remarkable, since work in epistemology of science refers to the formative effect of training and thereby also to its relevance for research processes.
For more information, including details about registration, lodging, and travel, please visit the conference web site.