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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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Fuselier, Linda; Eason, Perri K.; Jackson, J. Kasi; Spaulding, Sarah – Science & Education, 2018
Textbooks provide a rich site within which to investigate how members of a scientific discipline choose to represent their research to general audiences. We used critical contextual empiricism as a framework for interrogating how a scientific community is depicted via images in evolution textbook chapters on sexual selection. Textbooks that…
Descriptors: Textbook Selection, Evolution, Textbooks, Science Instruction
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Kersting, Magdalena; Steier, Rolf – Science & Education, 2018
According to general relativity (GR), we live in a four-dimensional curved universe. Since the human mind cannot visualize those four dimensions, a popular analogy compares the universe to a two-dimensional rubber sheet distorted by massive objects. This analogy is often used when teaching GR to upper secondary and undergraduate physics students.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Online Courses
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Nyléhn, Jorun; Ødegaard, Marianne – Science & Education, 2018
The nature of science (NOS) is a primary goal in school science. Most teachers are not well-prepared for teaching NOS, but a sophisticated and in-depth understanding of NOS is necessary for effective teaching. Some authors emphasize the need for teaching NOS in context. Species, a central concept in biology, is proposed in this article as a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Textbooks, Science Instruction
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Yacoubian, Hagop A.; Al-Khatib, Layan; Mardirossian, Taline – Science & Education, 2017
This article presents an analysis of how scientists are portrayed in the Lebanese national science textbooks. The purpose of this study was twofold. First, to develop a comprehensive analytical framework that can serve as a tool to analyze the image of scientists portrayed in educational resources. Second, to analyze the image of scientists…
Descriptors: Scientists, Textbooks, Foreign Countries, Models
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Ma, Yongjun; Wan, Yanlan – Science & Education, 2017
Based on previous international studies, a content analysis scheme has been designed and used from the perspective of culture to study the history of science (HOS) in science textbooks. Nineteen sets of Chinese science textbooks have been analyzed. It has been found that there are noticeable changes in the quantity, content, layout, presentation,…
Descriptors: Science History, Science Instruction, Content Analysis, Textbooks
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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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Gim, Jinyeong – Science & Education, 2016
South Korean high school students are being taught Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. In this article, I examine the portrayal of this theory in South Korean high school physics textbooks and discuss an alternative method used to solve the analyzed problems. This examination of how these South Korean textbooks present this theory has…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Textbooks
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Radtka, Catherine – Science & Education, 2015
This paper examines physics and mathematics textbooks published in France at the end of the 1950s and at the beginning of the 1960s for children aged 11-15 years old. It argues that at this "middle school" level, textbooks contributed to shape cultural representations of both disciplines and their mutual boundaries through their contents…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Textbooks, Educational History
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Croft, Michael; de Berg, Kevin – Science & Education, 2014
This paper selects six key alternative conceptions identified in the literature on student understandings of chemical bonding and illustrates how a historical analysis and a textbook analysis can inform these conceptions and lead to recommendations for improving the teaching and learning of chemical bonding at the secondary school level. The…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Scientific Concepts, Comprehension
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Karam, Ricardo; Coimbra, Debora; Pietrocola, Maurício – Science & Education, 2014
Due to its fundamental role for the consolidation of Maxwell's equations, the displacement current is one of the most important topics of any introductory course on electromagnetism. Moreover, this episode is widely used by historians and philosophers of science as a case study to investigate several issues (e.g. the theory-experiment…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Equations (Mathematics), Scientific Concepts, Comparative Analysis
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Taani, Osama – Science & Education, 2014
In this paper, I discuss one of the most distinguishing features of Jamshid al-Kashi's pedagogy from his "Key to Arithmetic", a well-known Arabic mathematics textbook from the fifteenth century. This feature is the multiple paths that he includes to find a desired result. In the first section light is shed on al-Kashi's life…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks, Astronomy
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Gericke, Niklas M.; Hagberg, Mariana; dos Santos, Vanessa Carvalho; Joaquim, Leyla Mariane; El-Hani, Charbel N. – Science & Education, 2014
The aim of this paper is to investigate in a systematic and comparative way previous results of independent studies on the treatment of genes and gene function in high school textbooks from six different countries. We analyze how the conceptual variation within the scientific domain of Genetics regarding gene function models and gene concepts is…
Descriptors: Textbook Content, Textbooks, High Schools, Genetics
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Kanderakis, Nikos – Science & Education, 2014
Usually, in physics textbooks, the physical magnitude "work" is introduced as the product of a force multiplied by its displacement, in relation to the transfer of energy. In other words, "work" is presented as an internal affair of physics theory, while its relation to the world of experience, that is its empirical meaning, is…
Descriptors: Physics, Textbooks, Science History, Scientific Concepts
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McElhinny, Teresa L.; Dougherty, Michael J.; Bowling, Bethany V.; Libarkin, Julie C. – Science & Education, 2014
We review the state of genetics instruction in the United States through the lens of backward design, with particular attention to the goals and assessments that inform curricular practice. An analysis of syllabi and leading textbooks indicates that genetics instruction focuses most strongly on foundations of DNA and Mendelian genetics. At the…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Science Curriculum, Textbooks
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