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Erduran, Sibel; Dagher, Zoubeida R.; McDonald, Christine V. – Science & Education, 2019
The emergence of the Family Resemblance Approach (FRA) to nature of science (NOS) has prompted a fresh wave of scholarship embracing this new approach in science education. The FRA provides an ambitious and practical vision for what NOS-enriched science content should aim for and promotes evidence-based practices in science education to support…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Course Content, Evidence Based Practice
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Yeh, Yi-Fen; Erduran, Sibel; Hsu, Ying-Shao – Science & Education, 2019
The article focuses on the analysis of curriculum documents from Taiwan to investigate how benchmarks for learning nature of science (NOS) are positioned in different versions of the science curricula. Following a review of different approaches to the conceptualization of NOS and the role of NOS in promoting scientific literacy, an empirical study…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction
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Kaya, Sila; Erduran, Sibel; Birdthistle, Naomi; McCormack, Orla – Science & Education, 2018
Particular social aspects of the nature of science (NOS), such as economics of, and entrepreneurship in science, are understudied in science education research. It is not surprising then that the practical applications, such as lesson resources and teaching materials, are scarce. The key aims of this article are to (a) synthesize perspectives from…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Scientific Principles, Science Education, Economics
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Dagher, Zoubeida R.; Erduran, Sibel – Science & Education, 2016
Two fundamental questions about science are relevant for science educators: (a) What is the nature of science? and (b) what aspects of nature of science should be taught and learned? They are fundamental because they pertain to how science gets to be framed as a school subject and determines what aspects of it are worthy of inclusion in school…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Principles, Scientific Attitudes, Science Curriculum
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Kaya, Ebru; Erduran, Sibel – Science & Education, 2016
The inclusion of Nature of Science (NOS) in the science curriculum has been advocated around the world for several decades. One way of defining NOS is related to the family resemblance approach (FRA). The family resemblance idea was originally described by Wittgenstein. Subsequently, philosophers and educators have applied Wittgenstein's idea to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Genetics, Heredity, Science Curriculum
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Kaya, Ebru; Erduran, Sibel – Science & Education, 2013
In this paper, we trace the work of some philosophers of chemistry to draw some implications for the improvement of chemical education. We examine some key features of chemical knowledge, and how these features are relevant for school chemistry teaching and learning. In particular, we examine Laszlo's ("Foundations of Chemistry"…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Education, Scientific Principles, Epistemology
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Erduran, Sibel; Mugaloglu, Ebru Z. – Science & Education, 2013
In recent years, there has been upsurge of interest in the applications of interdisciplinary perspectives on science in science education. Within this framework, the implications of the so-called "economics of science" is virtually an uncharted territory. In this paper, we trace a set of arguments that provide a dialectic engagement with…
Descriptors: Science Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Commercialization, Scientific Enterprise
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Erduran, Sibel; Bravo, Agustin Aduriz; Naaman, Rachel Mamlok – Science & Education, 2007
History and philosophy of science have been widely promoted in science teacher education for several decades. However the application of themes from philosophy of science in science teacher education has been rather broad and not particular relative to the domain-specific features of the science in question. The purpose of this paper is to…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Chemistry, Science Teachers, Epistemology
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Erduran, Sibel – Science & Education, 2005
Even though philosophical themes in science education have been advocated for several decades, little attention has been paid to how these themes can be contextualized in the teaching of a particular domain of science. The purpose of this paper is to provide an example theoretical framework for applying a philosophical theme, reduction, in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Molecular Structure, Water, Science Instruction