ERIC Number: ED465632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Scientists' Conceptions of Scientific Inquiry: Voices from the Front.
Harwood, William S.; Reiff, Rebecca; Phillipson, Teddie
The National Research Council (NRC) (1996) refers to scientific inquiry as "the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence derived from their work." This could be paraphrased, as 'scientific inquiry is what scientists say it is.' Accepting this rephrasing at face value, a study has been crafted using a blended grounded theory approach to answer the question "what is scientific inquiry?" and determine what conceptions scientists have regarding the nature of scientific inquiry. The goal is to develop a set of research grounded characteristics of scientific inquiry that will be a guide for this work as well as that of other science education researchers and reformers. Interviews with 52 science faculty members at a large midwestern research university were conducted using a semi-structured interview protocol designed to probe the subject's conceptions of scientific inquiry. (Contains 31 references.) (MVL)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Inquiry, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Scientists
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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.