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SOUZA, Karina Aparecida de Freitas Dias de; MATE, Cecília Hanna  y  PORTO, Paulo Alves. The history of the use of textbooks in the University: the case of the Institute of Chemistry of University of Sao Paulo (IQ-USP). Ciênc. educ. (Bauru) [online]. 2011, vol.17, n.4, pp.873-886. ISSN 1516-7313.

Textbooks constitute important research tools for the history of education, since they promote the circulation of the desired ideas, judgments and behaviours in a specific period. In this context, this paper focuses on the textbook's role in general chemistry courses in different periods, assuming as a research locus a major Brazilian public University. Considering the fundamentals of oral history, six lecturers, whose training and professional work developed in different periods of the history of the institution, were interviewed. The reports about the role of the textbook in their academic lives as students and lecturers revealed different tendencies from the lecturer-centered process of the early years, to the suggestion of using several textbooks, to the recent adoption of a single textbook as a guide to the general chemistry course.

Palabras clave : Textbooks; university; history of chemical education.

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