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From Fertilization to Birth: Representing Development in High School Biology Textbooks


Abstract Biology textbooks are everybody's business. In accepting the view that texts are created with specific social goals in mind, I examined 127 twentieth-century high school biology textbooks for representations of animal development. Paragraphs and visual representations were coded and placed in one of four scientific literacy categories: descriptive, investigative, nature of science, and human embryos, technology, and society (HETS). I then interpreted how embryos and fetuses have been socially constructed for students. I also examined the use of Haeckel's embryo drawings to support recapitulation and evolutionary theory. Textbooks revealed that publication of Haeckel's drawings was influenced by evolutionists and anti-evolutionis... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Wellner, Karen Linette (Author) / Maienschein, Jane (Advisor) / Ellison, Karin D. (Committee member) / Robert, Jason S. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / Science Education / History of Science / BSCS / developmental biology / embryo / Haeckel's embryos / science textbooks
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 212 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note M.S. Biology 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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