Science Education and Citizenship: Fairs, Clubs, and Talent Searches for American Youth, 1918-1958

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Summary

Science fairs, clubs, and talent searches are familiar fixtures in American education, yet little is known about why they began and grew in popularity. In Science Education and Citizenship, Sevan G. Terzian traces the civic purposes of these extracurricular programs for youth over four decades in the early to mid-twentieth century. He argues that Americans' mobilization for World War Two reoriented these educational activities from scientific literacy to national defense - a shift that persisted in the ensuing atomic age and has left a lasting legacy in American science education.

Category

Smithsonian History Bibliography

Citation information

Historical Studies in Education Series

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

2013

Topic

  • Education
  • American science
  • Science clubs
  • Science
  • History
  • Government policy
  • Science fairs
  • Military readiness
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Science--History
  • Science and state

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Exhibitions

Edition

First

Physical description

Number of pages: 252 Page numbers : 1-0-000

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