ERIC Number: ED389520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
From the Summit of "Truth" to the "Slippery Slopes": Science Education's Precarious Descent through Positivist-Postmodern Territory.
Loving, Cathleen C.
Several science education researchers are embracing postmodern relativist notions of both evaluation methodology and of the structure of all scientific knowledge. They blame bad educational evaluation and research on several causes, the worst being the following of the fundamental tenets of mainstream science. These researchers feel science educators trying to act like scientists have caused their own demise. However, several facets of this discussion have been ignored. Problems appear in the stated beliefs and views of these science education researchers. These problems are discussed through the current and former theories of educational philosophy. The need for balanced perspectives when discussing problems in science education is also probed. The views of science education should not be tied to two extreme theories rather they should relate to the many philosophies of science and science education. Contains 69 references. (MVL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).