Constructing physics education in different contexts: changing contexts - changing values
2010 (English)In: Socio-cultural and human values in science and technology education : Proceedings of the XIV. IOSTE Symposium / [ed] Slavko Dolinšek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia: Institution for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana , 2010, 917-927 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper presents an analysis of how changes in the socio-economic context of an educational system affect the value base of the physics education embedded in this context. Based on the assumption that physics education is a socially constructed phenomenon developed within a particular socio-historical context with particular types of social relations, this study aims to highlight the features of physics education that are most sensitive to changes in the macro-context. In this paper empirical material was gathered from two countries (Laos and Russia). In both countries dramatic economic changes have taken place since the end of the 1980's, however, Laos has maintained the same one-party rule political system while the Russian political context has changed significantly. These countries also belong to the different cultural contexts of East and West, the consideration of which can contribute to an understanding of the corresponding value-base reflected in physics education. The qualitative research methodology used in this study includes data gathering through document and statistical report analysis, personal ethnographic experience and interviews with physicists and physics educators. It is argued that changes in educational values are not only discussed and experienced but actually created within physics education institutions in these countries against the backdrop of the macro-contextual changes taking place over the last twenty years.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia: Institution for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana , 2010. 917-927 p.
Laos, macro-context, physics education, Russia, values
Research subject didactics of physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42123ISBN: 978-961-92882-1-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-42123DiVA: diva2:408677
The XIV. IOSTE Symposium, Bled, Slovenia, June 13-18, 2010