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Kutluca, A. Y.; Aydin, A. – Science & Education, 2017
The study explored the changes in pre-service science teachers' understanding of the nature of science and their opinions about the nature of science, science teaching and argumentation after their participation in explicit nature of science (NOS) and socioscientific argumentation processes. The participants were 56 third-grade pre-service science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientific Principles
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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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Alpaslan, Mustafa; Isiksal, Mine; Haser, Çigdem – Science & Education, 2014
This study examined pre-service mathematics teachers' knowledge of history of mathematics and their attitudes and beliefs towards using history of mathematics in mathematics education based on year level in teacher education program and gender. The sample included 1,593 freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior pre-service middle school (grades 4-8)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Mugaloglu, Ebru Z. – Science & Education, 2014
The intrusion of pseudoscience into science classrooms is a problem in science education today. This paper discusses the implications of constructivist pedagogy, which relies on the notions of viability and inter-subjectivity, in a context favourable to the acceptance of pseudoscience. Examples from written statements illustrate how prospective…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Constructivism (Learning), Preservice Teachers
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Tsaparlis, Georgios; Hartzavalos, Sotiris; Nakiboglu, Canan – Science & Education, 2013
Nuclear science has uses and applications that are relevant and crucial for world peace and sustainable development, so knowledge of its basic concepts and topics should constitute an integral part of civic scientific literacy. We have used two newspaper articles that deal with uses of nuclear science that are directly relevant to life, society,…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Physics, Newspapers
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Peker, Deniz; Comert, Gulsum Gul; Kence, Aykut – Science & Education, 2010
Even though in the early years of the Republic of Turkey Darwin's theory of evolution was treated as a scientific theory and taught fairly in schools, despite all the substantial evidence accumulated supporting the theory of evolution since then, Darwin and his ideas today have been scorned by curriculum and education policy makers. Furthermore,…
Descriptors: Evolution, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Educational Policy
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Yalcin, Mehmet; Altun, Sema; Turgut, Umit; Aggul, Fatma – Science & Education, 2009
The present study aims to identify first year Turkish Science undergraduates' understandings and misconceptions of the concept of light and its propagation. For this purpose, an instrument composed of four open-ended questions was developed by the researchers. The diagnostic test was piloted with twenty students and modifications were made prior…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Misconceptions, Undergraduate Students