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Jamieson, Annie; Radick, Gregory – Science & Education, 2017
Twenty-first-century biology rejects genetic determinism, yet an exaggerated view of the power of genes in the making of bodies and minds remains a problem. What accounts for such tenacity? This article reports an exploratory study suggesting that the common reliance on Mendelian examples and concepts at the start of teaching in basic genetics is…
Descriptors: Genetics, Scientific Concepts, Science Curriculum, Undergraduate Students
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Povey, Hilary – Science & Education, 2014
This article develops the argument that students in initial teacher education benefit in terms of who they are becoming from developing awareness of and engagement in the history of mathematics. Initially, current school mathematics practices in the UK are considered and challenged. Then the role of teachers' relationship to mathematical subject…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Educational History, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teachers
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Tweney, Ryan D. – Science & Education, 2011
James Clerk Maxwell "translated" Michael Faraday's experimentally-based field theory into the mathematical representation now known as "Maxwell's Equations." Working with a variety of mathematical representations and physical models Maxwell extended the reach of Faraday's theory and brought it into consistency with other…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Long Term Memory, Equations (Mathematics)
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Allgaier, Joachim – Science & Education, 2010
The issue whether creationist accounts of the origins of life should be taught in science education alongside or even instead Darwin's theory of evolution is controversial in many countries. In 2002 there was a controversy around teaching creationism in science classes at a secondary school in England. The research presented in this paper uses…
Descriptors: Creationism, Foreign Countries, Science Education, Expertise