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ERIC Number: ED131999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 54
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Views on the Nature of Science Among College Science Faculty.
Durkee, Phillip; Cossman, George
Questionnaires designed to identify and assess the views, beliefs, and opinions of university/college science faculty on the nature of science were sent to 318 randomly selected science faculty in the biological, physical, and earth sciences, and 23 prominent philosophers of science. Among the results of the study, it was found that both groups maintain the perspective that science is the process and product of a dynamic man-world interaction rather than the literalistic description of nature. It was also shown that scientists clearly favor the view that scientific laws are empirical generalizations over the view that they are confirmed theories or certain reports of inviolable relations. In contrast, the philosophers exhibit no significant preference between the first two views. (Author/MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (49th, San Francisco, California, April 23-25, 1976); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document; Page 25 missing from document prior to being sent to EDRS; Best Copy Available