Science Education and Citizenship

Fairs, Clubs, and Talent Searches for American Youth, 1918–1958

  • Authors
  • Sevan G. Terzian

Part of the Historical Studies in Education book series (HSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Sevan G. Terzian
    Pages 1-7
  3. Sevan G. Terzian
    Pages 9-31
  4. Sevan G. Terzian
    Pages 33-56
  5. Sevan G. Terzian
    Pages 103-138
  6. Sevan G. Terzian
    Pages 139-145
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 147-235

About this book


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.


Cold War education science education

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