ERIC Number: ED465626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
The Influence of a Philosophy of Science Course on Preservice Secondary Science Teachers' Views of Nature of Science.
This study assesses the influence of a philosophy of science course a preservice secondary science teachers' view of the nature of science; perceptions of teaching about the nature of science in future classrooms; and instructional planning related to the nature of science. It was exploratory and interpretive in nature. Data collection was continuous and spanned the duration of the study. The participants were preservice secondary science teachers (n=32) enrolled in the first 2 semesters of a 2-year combined undergraduate-graduate teacher preparation program. This study indicates that the investigated philosophy of science course resulted in deeper understandings of the nature of science on the part of the participants. It also indicates that more concerted and extended efforts that go beyond a few hours of nature of science-related instruction in a science methods course should be undertaken if the desire is to address the instruction of science teachers in the nature of science. (Contains 69 references.) (MVL)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Planning, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Scientific Principles, Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (Charlotte, NC, January 10-13, 2002); see SE 066 324.