ERIC Number: ED444843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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United Arab Emirates Science Students' Views about the Epistemology of Science.
Haidar, Abdullateef H.; Balfakih, Nagib M.
This study investigated United Arab Emirates (UAE) high school students' views about the epistemology of science. About 1,600 high school science students, from the seven Emirates that constitute the UAE, participated in the study during the 1997-98 school year. Students responded to a questionnaire composed of 15 items selected mainly from the epistemology component (nature of scientific knowledge) of the Views On Science-Technology-Society (VOSTS). Only the stems of the items were selected from the VOSTS; the multiple-choice responses were developed according to the original procedure outlined by the original authors (Aikenhead and Ryan, 1992). Results indicated that Emirates high school science students held mixed understandings about the epistemology of science. About 21-68 percent of students' responses were classified as religious understanding about the nature of science; 9-70 percent of students' responses were classified as traditional understanding of science; and 3-59 percent of students' responses were classified as constructivist understanding of science. The results suggested that students' cultural background influence their views about the epistemology of science. People involved in science teaching in the United Arab Emirates should consider students' cultural background when developing and presenting science curriculum materials. (Contains 60 references.) (YDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates