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Justi, Rosária; Mendonça, Paula Cristina Cardoso – Science & Education, 2016
As part of a teacher training project, 16 future chemistry teachers participated in a dramatisation activity (a mock trial of the Fritz Haber case), in which they discussed a controversy concerning an event from the history of science: the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Fritz Haber in 1918. Preparations for the role-play activity, the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Machado, Juliana; Braga, Marco Antônio Barbosa – Science & Education, 2016
A characterization of the modelling process in science is proposed for science education, based on Mario Bunge's ideas about the construction of models in science. Galileo's "Dialogues" are analysed as a potentially fruitful starting point to implement strategies aimed at modelling in the classroom in the light of that proposal. It is…
Descriptors: History, Science Instruction, Epistemology, Science Education
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Kanderakis, Nikos – Science & Education, 2016
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, mathematicians and physical philosophers managed to study, via mathematics, various physical systems of the sublunar world through idealized and simplified models of these systems, constructed with the help of geometry. By analyzing these models, they were able to formulate new concepts, laws and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physics, Mathematics, Secondary School Science
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Toonders, Winnie; Verhoeff, Roald P.; Zwart, Hub – Science & Education, 2016
Drama is a relatively unexplored tool in academic science education. This paper addresses in what way the use of drama may allow science students to deepen their understanding of recent developments in the emerging and controversial field of neuro-enhancement, by means of a case study approach. First, we emphasise the congruency between drama and…
Descriptors: Drama, Questionnaires, Qualitative Research, Philosophy
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Zhang, Lin – Science & Education, 2016
Inquiry-based science teaching has been advocated by many science educational standards and reports from around the world. Disagreements about and concerns with this teaching approach, however, are often ignored. Opposing ideas and conflicting results have been bouncing around in the field. It seems that the field carries on with a hope that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Academic Standards
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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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Zudini, Verena; Zuccheri, Luciana – Science & Education, 2016
A study of the interactions between mathematics and cognitive science, carried out within a historical perspective, is important for a better understanding of mathematics education in the present. This is evident when analysing the contribution made by the epistemological theories of Ernst Mach. On the basis of such theories, a didactic method was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Cognitive Science, Theories
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Michel, Hanno; Neumann, Irene – Science & Education, 2016
Besides viewing knowledge about the nature of science (NOS) as important for its own value with respect to scientific literacy, an adequate understanding of NOS is expected to improve science content learning by fostering the ability to interrelate scientific concepts and, thus, coherently acquire scientific content knowledge. However, there is a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Grade 6, Grade 7, Energy
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Rundgren, Carl-Johan; Eriksson, Martin; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Science & Education, 2016
This study aims to explore students' argumentation and decision-making relating to an authentic socioscientific issue (SSI)--the problem of environmental toxins in fish from the Baltic Sea. A multi-disciplinary instructional module, designed in order to develop students' skills to argue about complex SSI, was successfully tested. Seven science…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Secondary School Students
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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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Burgin, Stephen R.; Alonzo, Jenifer; Hill, Victoria J. – Science & Education, 2016
This article focuses on the impact of a professional play that we developed in order to introduce elementary learners of an urban school to the research of a scientist working at a local university. The play was written in a way that might increase student understandings of the nature of science, scientific inquiry, the identity of scientists, and…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Drama, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Boyer, Elisebeth – Science & Education, 2016
The research reported in this study examines the very first time the participants planned for and enacted science instruction within a "best-case scenario" teacher preparation program. Evidence from this study indicates that, within this context, preservice teachers are capable of implementing several of the discursive practices of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Planning
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Wan, Zhi Hong; Wong, Siu Ling – Science & Education, 2016
Although the goal of developing school students' understanding of nature of science (NOS) has long been advocated, there is still a lack of research that focuses on probing how science teachers, a kind of major stakeholder in NOS instruction, perceive the values of teaching NOS. Through semi-structured interviews, this study investigated the views…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Semi Structured Interviews, Secondary School Teachers
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Galili, Igal; Bar, Varda; Brosh, Yaffa – Science & Education, 2016
This study deals with the school instruction of the concept of weight. The historical review reveals the major steps in changing weight definition reflecting the epistemological changes in physics. The latest change drawing on the operation of "weighing" has been not widely copied into physics education. We compared the older instruction…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Physics, Teaching Methods
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Wilkenfeld, Daniel A.; Lombrozo, Tania – Science & Education, 2015
In pedagogical contexts and in everyday life, we often come to believe something because it would best explain the data. What is it about the explanatory endeavor that makes it essential to everyday learning and to scientific progress? There are at least two plausible answers. On one view, there is something special about having true…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Inferences, Epistemology
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