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Garik, Peter; Garbayo, Luciana; Benétreau-Dupin, Yann; Winrich, Charles; Duffy, Andrew; Gross, Nicholas; Jariwala, Manher – Science & Education, 2015
For nearly a decade we have taught the history and philosophy of science as part of courses aimed at the professional development of physics teachers. The focus of the history of science instruction is on the stages in the development of the concepts and theories of physics. For this instruction, we designed activities to help the teachers…
Descriptors: Physics, Science History, Scientific Concepts, Science Teachers
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Ioannidis, Stavros – Science & Education, 2013
The "cis"-regulatory hypothesis is one of the most important claims of evolutionary developmental biology. In this paper I examine the theoretical argument for "cis"-regulatory evolution and its role within evolutionary theorizing. I show that, although the argument has some weaknesses, it acts as a useful example for the importance of current…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Educational Theories, Scientific Principles
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Takacs, Peter; Ruse, Michael – Science & Education, 2013
The philosophy of biology today is one of the most exciting areas of philosophy. It looks critically across the life sciences, teasing out conceptual issues and difficulties bringing to bear the tools of philosophical analysis to achieve clarification and understanding. This essay surveys work in all of the major directions of research:…
Descriptors: Ecology, Ethics, Evolution, Biology
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Besson, Ugo – Science & Education, 2012
This paper presents an historical overview of the research on the cooling law, from Newton until the beginning of 20th century, and provides some suggestions for the use of this history as a resource for teaching. This history begins with a description and an interpretation of Newton's earlier work in 1701 and an overview of studies confirming or…
Descriptors: Evidence, Teacher Education, Scientists, Preschool Education
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Galili, Igal – Science & Education, 2012
Historical excurse was suggested as a beneficial form of using the history and philosophy of science in the modules of learning materials developed within the History and Philosophy in Science Teaching project. The paper briefly describes the theoretical framework of the produced modules, addressing ontological and epistemological aspects of…
Descriptors: Physics, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Misconceptions, Cultural Influences
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Jung, Walter – Science & Education, 2012
This is a vast and vague topic. In order to do justice to it one has to write a book or maybe more than one. For it can be understood in quite different ways and on different levels. For example you may think mainly of the historical aspect, that is how philosophy of science developed in the last hundred or so years and how its influence on…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Physics, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers
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Carson, Robert N. – Science & Education, 2004
This article explores the relationship between specific cultural events such as Galileo's work with the pendulum and a curriculum design that seeks to establish in skeletal form a comprehensive epic narrative about the co-evolution of cultural systems and human consciousness. The article explores some of the challenges and some of the strategies…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies, Educational Change, Cultural Education