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Lederman, Norman G. – Science & Education, 2019
How nature of scientific knowledge (NOSK) or nature of science (NOS) and scientific inquiry (SI) are contextualized, or related to each other, significantly impacts both curriculum and classroom practice, specifically with respect to the teaching and learning of NOSK. NOS and NOSK are considered synonymous here, with NOSK more accurately conveying…
Descriptors: Correlation, Scientific Principles, Scientific and Technical Information, Science Education
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Brunner, Jeanne L. – Science & Education, 2019
This study investigates the use of specific educative features for supporting the teaching of nature of science (NOS) during read-alouds of elementary science trade books. Educative features are components of educative curriculum materials that aim to increase teachers' content knowledge and support effective instructional practices. Understanding…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Reading Aloud to Others, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
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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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Cigdemoglu, Ceyhan; Köseoglu, Fitnat – Science & Education, 2019
The present study specifically focuses on science teachers' views about scientific inquiry and their use of scientific inquiry in their lesson plans, which were prepared at a professional development workshop designed for better utilization of science centers (SCs). As an impact evaluation research, qualitative data was collected from 41…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Inquiry, Lesson Plans
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Williams, Mobolaji – Science & Education, 2018
Physics is often seen as an excellent introduction to science because it allows students to learn not only the laws governing the world around them, but also, through the problems students solve, a way of thinking which is conducive to solving problems outside of physics and even outside of science. In this article, we contest this latter idea and…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Problem Solving
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Haglund, Jesper; Hultén, Magnus – Science & Education, 2017
The aim of this study is to contribute to an understanding of how curricular change is accomplished in practice, including the positions and conflicts of key stakeholders and participants, and their actions in the process. As a case, we study the treatment of energy in Swedish secondary curricula in the period 1962-2011 and, in particular, how the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Educational Change, Science Curriculum
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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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Brigandt, Ingo – Science & Education, 2016
Contributing to the recent debate on whether or not explanations ought to be differentiated from arguments, this article argues that the distinction matters to science education. I articulate the distinction in terms of explanations and arguments having to meet different standards of adequacy. Standards of explanatory adequacy are important…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Curriculum, Standards, Scientific Principles
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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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Fulford, Janice Marie; Rudge, David Wÿss – Science & Education, 2016
The phenomenon of industrial melanism (IM) became widely acknowledged as a well-documented example of natural selection largely as a result of H.B.D. Kettlewell's pioneering research on the subject in the early 1950s. It was quickly picked up by American biology textbooks starting in the early 1960s and became ubiquitous throughout the 1970s,…
Descriptors: Biology, Textbooks, Evolution, Phenomenology
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Pavez, José M.; Vergara, Claudia A.; Santibañez, David; Cofré, Hernán – Science & Education, 2016
A number of authors have recognized the importance of understanding the nature of science (NOS) for scientific literacy. Different instructional strategies such as decontextualized, hands-on inquiry, and history of science (HOS) activities have been proposed for teaching NOS. This article seeks to understand the contribution of HOS in enhancing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Science Teachers, Biology
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Ariza, Yefrin; Lorenzano, Pablo; Adúriz-Bravo, Agustín – Science & Education, 2016
There is nowadays consensus in the community of didactics of science (i.e. science education understood as an academic discipline) regarding the need to include the philosophy of science in didactical research, science teacher education, curriculum design, and the practice of science education in all educational levels. Some authors have…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Philosophy, Scientific Principles, Science Teachers
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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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Hadzigeorgiou, Yannis – Science & Education, 2015
This paper outlines the rationale underpinning the conception of science education as sociopolitical action, and then presents a critique of such a conception from the perspective of liberal education. More specifically, the paper discusses the importance of the conception of science education as sociopolitical action (e.g., it can provide…
Descriptors: Science Education, Social Influences, Political Issues, Liberal Arts
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