ERIC Number: ED393679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Young People's Images of Science.
Driver, Rosalind; And Others
A study of students' understandings of the nature of science makes science itself the focus of inquiry. This book is an account of a research project undertaken to elicit and to describe the range and nature of school students' understandings of the nature of science. The features of students' representations which are focused on include their views on the purposes of scientific work, their understanding of the nature and status of scientific knowledge, and their understanding of science as a social enterprise. The study was a cross-age study that gave the same task to samples of students of 3 different age groups: 9, 12, and 16 years. Data from four different interview probes are presented and discussed and a three-level classification of students' epistemological reasoning is drawn out. Students' ideas about the internal social structure of the scientific community, the relationship between science and the wider society, and the influence of these social linkages on scientific knowledge and practice are explored. Possible implications for the school science curriculum are discussed particularly that which focuses on its role in promoting better public understanding of science. Contains 175 references. (JRH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Knowledge Representation, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Enterprise
Open University Press, 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007 (cloth: ISBN-0-335-19382-X; paperback: ISBN-0-335-19381-1).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council, Lancaster (England).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nature of Science; United Kingdom