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Bhakthavatsalam, Sindhuja – Science & Education, 2019
Teaching false theories goes against the general pedagogical and philosophical belief that we must only teach and learn what is true. In general, the goal of pedagogy is taken to be epistemic: to gain knowledge and avoid ignorance. In this article, I argue that for realists and antirealists alike, epistemological and pedagogical goals have to come…
Descriptors: Theories, Teaching Methods, Educational Philosophy, Science Instruction
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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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Galili, Igal – Science & Education, 2019
This study considers the short list of Nature of Science (NOS) features frequently published and widely known in the science education discourse. It is argued that these features were oversimplified and a refinement of the claims may enrich or sometimes reverse them. The analysis shows the need to address the range of variation in each particular…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Science History, Science Instruction
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Cofré, Hernán; Núñez, Paola; Santibáñez, David; Pavez, José M.; Valencia, Martina; Vergara, Claudia – Science & Education, 2019
There is widespread agreement that an adequate understanding of the nature of science (NOS) is a critical component of scientific literacy and a major goal in science education. However, we still do not know many specific details regarding how students and teachers learn particular aspects of NOS and what are the most important feature traits of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers
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Park, Wonyong; Yang, Seungran; Song, Jinwoong – Science & Education, 2019
The social reaction to the recent detection of the Higgs boson and gravitational waves provided evidence that public interest in modern physics has reached a high point. Although these modern physics topics are being introduced into the upper secondary physics curricula in a growing number of countries, their potential for teaching various aspects…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Physics, Secondary School Students
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Melo, Énery; Bächtold, Manuel – Science & Education, 2018
This article presents and discusses an innovative pedagogical device designed for training pre-service teachers on the nature of science. We endorse an approach according to which aspects of the nature of science should be explicitly discussed in order to be understood by learners. We identified quantum physics, and more precisely the principles…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Østergaard, Edvin – Science & Education, 2017
Focus of this article is the current situation characterized by students' de-rootedness and possible measures to improve the situation within the frame of education for sustainable development. My main line of argument is that science teachers can practice teaching in such a way that students are brought in deeper contact to the environment. I…
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Science Education, Science Instruction, Sustainable Development
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Kötter, Mario; Hammann, Marcus – Science & Education, 2017
In this article, the argument is put forth that controversies about the scope and limits of science should be considered in Nature of Science (NOS) teaching. Reference disciplines for teaching NOS are disciplines, which reflect upon science, like philosophy of science, history of science, and sociology of science. The culture of these disciplines…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Fuselier, Linda C.; Jackson, J. Kasi; Stoiko, Rachel – Science Education, 2016
The nature of science (NOS) as described by education scholars is a critical component of scientific literacy and includes both rational and social aspects taught best in an explicit and reflective manner. NOS is frequently tied to a critical contextual empiricism (CCE) framework for knowledge production. Central to CCE is that objectivity is…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, College Science, Evolution
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Schizas, Dimitrios; Psillos, Dimitris; Stamou, George – Science Education, 2016
The present essay examines the emerging issue of domain-general versus domain-specific nature of science (NOS) understandings from a perspective that illuminates the value of domain-specific philosophies of science for the growth and development of the NOS educational field. Under the assumption that individual sciences do have their own…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Biology
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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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Galili, Igal – Science & Education, 2016
Physics textbooks often present items of disciplinary knowledge in a sequential order of topics of the theory under instruction. Such presentation is usually univocal, that is, isolated from alternative claims and contributions regarding the subject matter in the pertinent scientific discourse. We argue that comparing and contrasting the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses
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Konneman, Christiane; Asshoff, Roman; Hammann, Marcus – Science Education, 2016
The main aim of this paper is to describe high school students' attitudes concerning evolution and creation, with a focus on (1) attitudes toward evolutionary theory, (2) attitudes toward the Biblical accounts of creation, (3) creationist beliefs, and (4) scientistic beliefs. Latent class analyses revealed seven attitude profiles in a sample of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes
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Romero-Maltrana, Diego; Benitez, Federico; Vera, Francisco; Rivera, Rodrigo – Research in Science Education, 2019
There is an increasing demand in the field of science education for the incorporation of philosophical and sociological aspects that are related to the scientific enterprise in school curricula, to the extent that the incorporation of these aspects is now considered a necessity. Several of these aspects can be categorised within the framework of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Science Curriculum
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Allen, Garland E. – Science & Education, 2015
Science textbooks and classes mostly emphasize what are considered by today's standards the "right" or "correct" interpretations of particular phenomena or processes. When "incorrect" ideas of the past are mentioned at all, it is simply to point out their errors, with little attention as to why the ideas were put…
Descriptors: Genetics, Evolution, Scientists, Scientific Methodology
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