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ERIC Number: ED135651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 15
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Reference Count: 0
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The Philosophic Consistency of Science Teachers' Opinions About the Structure of Scientific Laws and Theories.
Rowe, Ronald
Investigated was how science teachers conceptualize the nature of science. An understanding of the nature of scientific laws and theories was used as an indicator of the broad "nature of science" concept. Fifty junior high and middle school science teachers in Wisconsin were randomly chosen to respond to a Likert-type opinionaire developed by the author. The opinionaire contained 56 statements about laws and theories, representing publised viewpoints and logical alternatives of five scientific philosophers (Carnap, Hempel, Popper, Kemeny, and Lachman). Statements were grouped for analysis. Data analysis indicated that the teachers held divergent opinions concerning the structure of laws and theories, and that they were philosophically inconsistent in their responses (with statements identified with Lachman receiving the greatest degree of endorsement and those identified with Popper the least). (CS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (50th, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 22-24, 1977)