ERIC Number: ED368545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
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Progression in Learning about "The Nature of Science": Issues of Conceptualisation and Methodology.
Leach, John; And Others
Recently, it was proposed that a curricular aim of science education should be to engender an understanding of the nature of the scientific enterprise among students, as well as a knowledge of the technical contents of science. Seven diagnostic instruments were designed and administered to students (between the ages of 9 and 16) in an effort to investigate students' representations of the scientific enterprise. Specifically, researchers tried to determine in which domains do students think scientists attempt to explain, and on what basis do they think that scientists make knowledge claims. Students were asked to respond to the following questions: (1) Which kind of fabric is waterproof?; (2) Which is the best program on TV?; (3) Is it wrong to keep dolphins in captivity?; (4) How do birds find their way over long distances?; (5) What diet is best to keep babies healthy?; (6) Is it cheaper to buy a large or a small packet of washing powder?; (7) How was the Earth made?; (8) Is the Earth's atmosphere heating up?; (9) Do ghosts haunt old houses at night?; (10) What kind of bacteria are in the water supply?; and (11) Can any metal be made into a magnet? (ZWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Nature of Science
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the British Educational Research Association (Liverpool, England, United Kingdom, September 1993).