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Akerson, Valarie L.; Carter, Ingrid; Pongsanon, Khemmawadee; Nargund-Joshi, Vanashri – Science & Education, 2019
Our goal in this article is to provide research-based strategies for embedding Nature of Science (NOS) into science instruction at the elementary level. We thus intend to aid researchers, professional developers, and teachers in noting that not only is it important and possible to teach NOS at the elementary levels, but also that elementary…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science
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Fenaroli, Giuseppina; Furinghetti, Fulvia; Somaglia, Annamaria – Science & Education, 2014
In this paper we present the main lines of a course on the history of mathematics for prospective secondary school (students' age range 14-19) mathematics teachers, enrolled on a 2-year postgraduate teacher preparation program. In order to integrate the historical objectives with the educational objectives of the program we adopted the…
Descriptors: Educational History, Mathematics Education, Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Turgut, Halil – Science & Education, 2011
The aim of developing students' understanding of the nature of science [NOS] has been considered an important aspect of science education. However, the results of previous research indicate that students of various ages and even teachers possess both inaccurate and inappropriate views of the NOS. Such a failure has been explained by the view that…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Education Courses, Intervention, Scientific Principles
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Kurki-Suonio, Kaarle – Science & Education, 2011
This article sketches a framework of ideas developed in the context of decades of physics teacher-education that was entitled the "perceptional approach". Individual learning and the scientific enterprise are interpreted as different manifestations of the same process aimed at understanding the natural and social worlds. The process is understood…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Enterprise, Interaction, Birth Order
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Panagiotou, Evangelos N. – Science & Education, 2011
Many authors have discussed the question "why" we should use the history of mathematics to mathematics education. For example, Fauvel ("For Learn Math," 11(2): 3-6, 1991) mentions at least fifteen arguments for applying the history of mathematics in teaching and learning mathematics. Knowing "how" to introduce history into mathematics lessons is a…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Textbooks, Classrooms, Grade 11
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Siemsen, Hayo – Science & Education, 2011
Where does Finnish science education come from? Where will it go? The following outside view reflects on relations, which Finns consider "normal" (and thus unrecognizable in introspection) in science education. But what is "normal" in Finnish culture cannot be considered "normal" for science education in other…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Epistemology, Science Education, Comparative Analysis
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Gauld, Colin F. – Science & Education, 2010
Newton's experiments into the resistance which fluids offer to moving bodies provide some insight into the way he related theory and experiment. His theory demonstrates a way of thought typical of 17th century physics and his experiments are simple enough to be replicated by present day students. Newton's investigations using pendulums were…
Descriptors: Investigations, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Experiments
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Cartwright, John – Science & Education, 2010
The nature of moral values has occupied philosophers and educationalists for centuries and a variety of claims have been made about their origin and status. One tradition suggests they may be thoughts in the mind of God; another that they are eternal truths to be reached by rational reflection (much like the truths of mathematics) or alternatively…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Moral Values, Ethics, Evolution
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de Berg, Kevin C. – Science & Education, 2010
The discovery of the electron in 1897 deeply impacted the nature of chemistry in the twentieth century. A revolution in the theoretical structure of chemistry as well as in the instrumental tools used in chemical analysis occurred as a result of this discovery. The impact of this revolution on tin oxide chemistry over approximately a 100 year…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science History, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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van Dijk, Esther M.; Reydon, Thomas A. C. – Science & Education, 2010
In this paper we present a schematic overview of the central concepts in evolutionary theory, setting them off against the background of widespread misconceptions about them. Our aim is to provide high school teachers with (1) an overview of those particular concepts that they can expect students to have difficulties with, (2) a comparison of…
Descriptors: Evolution, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Stolberg, Tonie L. – Science & Education, 2010
This article examines what science education might be able to learn from phenomenological religious education's attempts to teach classes where students hold a plurality of religious beliefs. Recent statements as to how best to accomplish the central pedagogical concept of "learning from religion" as a vehicle for human transformation are…
Descriptors: Evolution, Religious Education, Science Teachers, Religious Factors
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Reiss, Michael J. – Science & Education, 2009
This article begins by examining whether "science" and "religion" can better be seen as distinct or related worldviews, focusing particularly on scientific and religious understandings of biodiversity. I then explore how people can see the natural world, depending on their worldview, by looking at two contrasting treatments of penguin behaviour,…
Descriptors: World Views, Biodiversity, Science Teachers, Science Education
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Kipnis, Nahum – Science & Education, 2009
Difficulties in learning Ohm's Law suggest a need to refocus it from the law for a part of the circuit to the law for the whole circuit. Such a revision may improve understanding of Ohm's Law and its practical applications. This suggestion comes from an analysis of the history of the law's discovery and its teaching. The historical materials this…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Physics, Energy, Science Instruction
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Dolphin, Glenn – Science & Education, 2009
Current high school Earth Science curricula and textbooks organize scientific content into isolated "units" of knowledge. Within this structure, content is taught, but in the absence of the context of fundamental understandings or the process of how the science was actually done to reach the conclusions. These are two key facets of scientific…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Plate Tectonics, Scientific Literacy, Grade 9
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Gauld, Colin F. – Science & Education, 2009
Books I and III of Newton's "Principia" develop Newton's dynamical theory and show how it explains a number of celestial phenomena. Book II has received little attention from historians or educators because it does not play a major role in Newton's argument. However, it is in Book II that we see most clearly Newton both as a theoretician and an…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Historians, Science Instruction, Science Experiments
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