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ERIC Number: EJ1040054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Production of a Science Documentary and Its Usefulness in Teaching the Nature of Science: Indirect Experience of How Science Works
Kim, Sun Young; Yi, Sang Wook; Cho, Eun Hee
Science & Education, v23 n5 p1197-1216 May 2014
In this study, we produced a documentary which portrays scientists at work and critically evaluated the use of this film as a teaching tool to help students develop an understanding of the nature of science. The documentary, "Life as a Scientist: People in Love with 'Caenorhabditis elegans,' a Soil Nematode" encompasses the entire process of a scientific investigation by exploring the everyday life of a particular group of scientists. We explored the effectiveness of this documentary in teaching the nature of science by examining the epistemological views of college students toward science before and after viewing. In addition, we collected written responses from the students where they described which aspect of the nature of science they learned from the documentary. The scores of epistemological views toward science increased between the pretest and the posttest (p < 0.01) with the most significant increase being in their views of the role of social negotiation. In the written responses, approximately half of the students suggested that they had learned more about the role which cooperation and collaboration play in the development of scientific knowledge by watching the documentary. The documentary overall provides a valuable instructional context so that students are able to discuss and reflect on various aspects of nature of science within authentic scientific research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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