ERIC Number: ED381401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Everyday Thoughts about Nature: An Interpretive Study of 16 Ninth Graders' Conceptualizations of Nature.
Cobern, William W.; And Others
This study investigates student world views in an effort to provide information that will improve the learning environment of the science classroom. The research focuses on furthering knowledge of students as people in the context of investigating what students think about nature or the natural world. The objective of the descriptive case study is to come to a better understanding of the cognitive culture of 16 ninth graders from a semi-rural high school in the central desert region of Arizona. A modified naturalistic inquiry approach using a semi-structure interview technique was employed. A number of assertions are examined relating to variations in views of the natural world based on differing perspectives, gender, religion, integration of school science in everyday thinking, science grade success, and environmental awareness. Implications for further research and instructional improvement are discussed. Results show that student ideas are often both rich and rational. Yet within the richness of student comments little pertained to science, and only one student's conceptualization of nature reasonably matched the naturalistic-mechanistic view of nature common to science education. An appendix provides concept maps and narrative transcripts. Contains 49 references. (LZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Man Nature Relationship; Nature
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (San Francisco, CA, April 22-25, 1995).