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KRAPAS, Sonia  y  SILVA, Marcos Corrêa da. The field concept: multiple character within textbooks, meanings in past and present Physics. Ciênc. educ. (Bauru) [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.1, pp.15-33. ISSN 1516-7313.

This paper aims at: evidencing the polissemic character of the term field within High School textbooks; studying its meanings in historical texts; showing that the roots of such meaning variety are found in both past and present days. Considering as reference the current theoretical mark of Physics and historical texts, seven secondary education manuals were analyzed. When appropriate, such manuals were compared to those found in old education and undergraduate textbooks. Meaning differences could be pointed out, both implicitly and explicitly. Such meanings are: space; vector; something that propagates itself and supports energy propagation; space curvature; energy resevoir; it interacts with particles and mediates their interaction; it fills space. Partly, this polissemy can be credited to the concealed form of introducing Modern Physics in manuals. An attempt is made to understand this introduction in face of Chevallard's didactic transposition.

Palabras clave : Field; Polissemy; Didactic books; History of science.

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