Historical Scientific Instruments in Contemporary Education


These essays draw on recent and versatile work by museum staff, science educators, and teachers, showing what can be done with historical scientific instruments or replicas. Varied audiences - with members just like you - can be made aware of exciting aspects of history, observation, problem-solving, restoration, and scientific understanding, by the projects outlined here by professional practitioners. These interdisciplinary case studies, ranging from the cinematic to the hands-on, show how inspiration concerning science and the past can give intellectual pleasure as well as authentic learning to new participants, who might include people like you: students, teachers, curators, and the interested and engaged public.

Contributors are Dominique Bernard, Paolo Brenni, Roland Carchon, Elizabeth Cavicchi, Stéphane Fischer, Peter Heering, J.W. Huisman, Françoise Khantine-Langlois, Alistair M. Kwan, Janet Laidla, Pierre Lauginie, Panagiotis Lazos, Pietro Milici, Flora Paparou, Frédérique Plantevin, Julie Priser, Alfonso San-Miguel, Danny Segers, Constantine (Kostas) Skordoulis, Trienke M. van der Spek, Constantina Stefanidou, and Giorgio Strano.    

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Elizabeth Cavicchi completed a doctor of education (EdD) degree at Harvard University; master's degrees at Harvard, Boston University and MIT; undergraduate degrees at MIT. She has written and presented internationally on explorations interweaving history, science phenomena, teaching and learning. At MIT’s Edgerton Center, Cavicchi encourages learners to be explorers. Her seminars provide direct experiences with observation, experiment, instruments, history and social justice.

Peter Heering is professor of physics and its didactics at the Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany. His research focuses on the history of physics, especially experimental practice, which he investigates using the replication method, the use of historical content in science education, and the historical development of teaching experiments in physics education.
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Introduction: Using Historical Scientific Instruments in Contemporary Education – Experiences and Perspectives
  Elizabeth Cavicchi and Peter Heering

1. Reading Instruments for Historical Scientific Practice: An Experiential Pedagogy for Material Culture
  Alistair Kwan

2. Filming Nineteenth Century Physics Demonstrations with Historical Instruments
  Paolo Brenni

3. Making It about the Objects: A Reboot of a History of Science Course
  Janet Laidla

4. Using Original Instruments from a Museum Collection in Demonstrations
  Jan Waling Huisman

5. The Collections of Scientific Instruments of the Faculty of Sciences of Rennes: A Tool for School Education and for the Training of Students and Teachers
  Julie Priser and Dominique Bernard

6. The Collection of Scientific Instruments from the Maraslean Teaching Center and Experimental Science Education: Then and Now
  Panagiotis Lazos, Constantina Stefanidou and Constantine Skordoulis

7. Examples of the Use in Education of Historical Physics Instruments at Secondary School and University Level in France supported by ASEISTE
  Françoise Khantine-Langlois, Alfonso San-Miguel and Pierre Lauginie

8. The Use of the Museum Collection for Educational Purposes
  Roland Carchon and Danny Segers

9. Historical Scientific Instruments in Exploratory Teaching and Learning
  Elizabeth Cavicchi

10. “What Is Happening in the Lab?” Transforming the School Laboratory into a Contextual Science Teaching Environment
  Flora Paparou

11. Historical Instruments, Education, and Do-It-Yourself in the Cabinet of Curiosity of Brest, France: University Experiences in Mathematics
  Frédérique Plantevin and Pietro Milici

12. Educational Experiences in Re-Enacting Historical Experimental Procedures
  Peter Heering
13. The Lorentz Lab: Reviving the Scientific History of Teylers Museum with Working Replicas
  Trienke M. van der Spek

14. The Fall of Bodies According to Galileo: A Free Adaptation from the Geneva Museum of the History of Science
  Stéphane Fischer

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