ERIC Number: ED291561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Authentic Science--Just Another Buzzword?
Martin, Brian; And Others
This paper considers the term "authentic science" and its meaning with respect to science education. In particular, three relevant denotations of authenticity are applied to nine facets of science. These facets include methodological and epistemological aspects of science, personal, private, public, historical, societal and technological dimensions of science as well as the aim of science. For each of the above facets of science, application of the term "authentic" proves to be problematic and seriously weakens the use of the term in science education. Coupled with this is the problem of defining what is authentic for the student, the teacher, the curriculum developer or whoever is to acquire an espoused view of authentic science. This suggests that authentic science may, in fact become nothing more than a buzzword in science education which, in the long run could delay and confuse the steps needed to address the concerns expressed by many science educators. (Author/CW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (61st, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, April 10-13, 1988).