ERIC Number: EJ1021844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The Nature of Science in Science Curricula: Methods and Concepts of Analysis
Ferreira, Sílvia; Morais, Ana M.
International Journal of Science Education, v35 n16 p2670-2691 2013
The article shows methods and concepts of analysis of the nature of science in science curricula through an exemplary study made in Portugal. The study analyses the extent to which the message transmitted by the Natural Science curriculum for Portuguese middle school considers the nature of science. It is epistemologically and sociologically grounded with particular emphasis on Bernstein's theory of pedagogic discourse and Ziman's conceptualization of science construction. The study used a mixed methodology and followed a dialectical process between the theoretical and the empirical. The results show that the nature of science has a low status in the curriculum with the exception of the external sociological dimension of science. Intra-disciplinary relations between scientific and metascientific knowledge are mostly absent. Recontextualization processes occurred between the two main parts of the curriculum. These results are discussed and their consequences in terms of scientific learning are explored. The mode of analysis used in the study has the potential of highlighting the level of a science curriculum, in terms of specific aspects of the nature of science.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Principles, Science Curriculum, Middle Schools, Natural Sciences, Mixed Methods Research, Curriculum Guides, Epistemology, Sociology, Discourse Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal
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