ERIC Number: ED418859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Pre-service Science Teachers' Understanding about the Nature of Science through History.
Identifying the benefit of teaching chemistry through history was the goal of this study that used a quasi-experimental design based on the method of action research. Two groups of students in the last 2 years of a teacher preparation program participated in the study with one group receiving instruction on how to develop and teach chemistry through the history of science and the control group using standard practices. A comparison was made between the two groups regarding their understanding of the nature of science. The results of the analysis of covariance reveal that the experimental group outperformed the control group. Additional data analysis strategies indicate that the experimental group had a better understanding of creativity, the theory-based nature of scientific observations, and the function of theories. Contains 23 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Taiwan National Science Council, Taipei.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998).