ERIC Number: ED442628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Testing Assumptions Underlying the Science Education Reforms: Decision-Making on Science and Technology Based Issues.
Bell, Randy L.; Lederman, Norman G.
Recently, the nature of science has enjoyed renewed attention in science education circles as a primary component of scientific literacy. This paper describes an investigation meant to assess the influence of a person's understanding of the nature of science on his or her decision-making regarding science- and technology-based issues, and to delineate the factors and reasoning people use when making these types of decisions. The decision-making processes of a group of college professors and a group of research scientists who held disparate understandings of the nature of science were examined. Results indicate that there were few differences in the factors influencing the two groups' decisions on complex, controversial science- and technology-based issues, and factors associated with the nature of science played an insignificant role for a minority of the respondents and no clear role for the majority. The questionnaires and responses are appended. (Contains 45 references.) (WRM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).