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ERIC Number: ED085199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Pages: 27
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The Emperor's Clothes Phenomenon in Science Education.
Raths, James
As a paper presented at the 1972 Convention of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, discussions are included concerning research activities and misperceptions about scientific endeavors in the science education community. The purpose is to suggest some acts necessary for science teachers and educators to implement science education. Research reports are exemplified to illustrate the prevalent ways for reporting research conclusions as truth, findings, and trivia. Misperceptions of scientific endeavors are described as an explanation for researchers' selection of the reporting styles. Diverse views about truth, objectivity, ambiguous nature, and research scope in science are considered as the primary characteristics of misperceptions, and the inability or unwillingness to separate findings from explanations is taken as their major source. Reflections of the misperceptions to science teaching are discussed, especially for the non-generalizability of research findings to the teaching situation. The author suggests the science teacher and educator make distinctions between findings and explanations, ask questions about the source of truth, and encourage students to present rival ideas and prize the doubt in order to be morally honest to the knowledge of the scientific endeavor. (CC)
Ohio State University, Center for Science and Mathematics Education, 244 Arps Hall, Columbus, Ohio 43210 ($0.75)
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.
Note: Occasional Paper Series