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Lee, Shinyoung; Kim, Heui-Baik – Science & Education, 2014
The purpose of this study is to identify the epistemological features and model qualities depending on model evaluation levels and to explore the reasoning process behind high-level evaluation through small group interaction about blood circulation. Nine groups of three to four students in the eighth grade participated in the modeling practice.…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Models, Small Group Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Cheong, Yong Wook; Song, Jinwoong – Science & Education, 2014
There is no consensus on the genuine meaning of wave-particle duality and the interpretation of quantum theory. How can we teach duality and quantum theory despite this lack of consensus? This study attempts to answer this question. This research argues that reality issues are at the core of both the endless debates concerning the interpretation…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Quantum Mechanics, Scientific Concepts, Mechanics (Physics)
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Na, Jiyeon; Song, Jinwoong – Science & Education, 2014
The purposes of this study were, based on John Dewey's ideas on experience, to examine how primary students used their own everyday experience and were affected by own and others' experience in science discourse, and to illuminate the implications of experience in science education. To do these, science discourses by a group of six…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Experience, Science Education, Grade 4
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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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Guerra, Francesco; Leone, Matteo; Robotti, Nadia – Science & Education, 2014
A historical case study concerning the serious doubts that arose in early 1930s about the validity of the law of energy conservation in nuclear disintegrations, and the hypothesis of neutrino, will be closely analyzed with the goal of promoting understanding of the nature of science. This work is based upon primary archival and printed sources,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science History, Energy Conservation, Scientific Principles
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Besson, Ugo; De Ambrosis, Anna – Science & Education, 2014
Energy is a central topic in physics and a key concept for understanding the physical, biological and technological worlds. It is a complex topic with multiple connections with different areas of science and with social, environmental and philosophical issues. In this paper we discuss some aspects of the teaching and learning of the energy…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Physics
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Lancor, Rachael – Science & Education, 2014
Energy is one of the most important unifying themes in science. Yet the way energy is conceptualized varies depending on context. In this paper, the discourse used to explain the role of energy in systems from biology, chemistry, and physics is examined from the perspective of metaphor theory. Six substance metaphors for energy are identified in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Energy, Scientific Concepts, Biology
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Guzzardi, Luca – Science & Education, 2014
This paper discusses Ernst Mach's interpretation of the principle of energy conservation (EC) in the context of the development of energy concepts and ideas about causality in nineteenth-century physics and theory of science. In doing this, it focuses on the close relationship between causality, energy conservation and space in Mach's…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Science History
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Gelfert, Axel – Science & Education, 2014
In his influential 1960 paper "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences", Eugene P. Wigner raises the question of why something that was developed without concern for empirical facts--mathematics--should turn out to be so powerful in explaining facts about the natural world. Recent philosophy of science has…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Science History
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Jiménez-Aleixandre, María Pilar – Science & Education, 2014
In the last two decades science studies and science education research have shifted from an interest in products (of science or of learning), to an interest in processes and practices. The focus of this paper is on students' engagement in epistemic practices (Kelly in "Teaching scientific inquiry: Recommendations for research and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Research, Science Process Skills, Epistemology
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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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Sato, Kunimasa – Science & Education, 2014
It is well known that the Meno presents the argument called "the paradox of inquiry." This paper has two purposes. First, I analyze the paradox of inquiry and reformulate the argument as the "renewed paradox of inquiry." Second, I clarify that the problem of inquiry posed by this paradox concerns the necessary conditions for a…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Philosophy, Logical Thinking, Science Education
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Kim, Sun Young; Yi, Sang Wook; Cho, Eun Hee – Science & Education, 2014
In this study, we produced a documentary which portrays scientists at work and critically evaluated the use of this film as a teaching tool to help students develop an understanding of the nature of science. The documentary, "Life as a Scientist: People in Love with 'Caenorhabditis elegans,' a Soil Nematode" encompasses the…
Descriptors: Documentaries, Scientists, Science Education, Scientific Principles
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Ha, Minsu; Nehm, Ross H. – Science & Education, 2014
Although historical changes in scientific ideas sometimes display striking similarities with students' conceptual progressions, some scholars have cautioned that such similarities lack meaningful commonalities. In the history of evolution, while Darwin and his contemporaries often used natural selection to explain evolutionary trait gain or…
Descriptors: Genetics, Evolution, Scientific Concepts, Science History
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Rhee, Hyang-yon; Choi, Kyunghee – Science & Education, 2014
The purposes of this study were (1) to develop a science and technology (ST) ethics education program for prospective science teachers, (2) to examine the effect of the program on the perceptions of the participants, in terms of their ethics and education concerns, and (3) to evaluate the impact of the program design. The program utilized…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Education, Technology Education, Ethics
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