ERIC Number: ED388501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-19
World View Investigations and Science Education: A Synopsis of Methodology.
Cobern, William W.; And Others
To date, science educators have not studied what students believe about the world, beliefs rooted and nurtured in students' socio-cultural environments. American society is increasingly pluralistic and there are several cultural subgroups traditionally underrepresented in science. A new approach is for American science educators to consider the possibility that science is a second culture experience for many students. Cultural studies in science education can contribute significantly to an understanding of the barriers to effective science education. It is important for science educators to understand the fundamental, culturally based beliefs about the world that students bring to class, and how these beliefs are supported by students' cultures; because science education is successful only to the extent that science can find a niche in the cognitive and socio-cultural milieu of students. The purpose of the research was to gain an understanding of high school students' fundamental beliefs about the world, and how their personal/cultural environments foster and support those beliefs. The methodology used was ethnographic, involving the extensive interviewing of students. The research also involved active high school science teachers as teacher-researchers. Interview sequences, tasks, and scope items are included. (JRM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ.-West, Phoenix.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (San Francisco, CA, April 1995).