ERIC Number: EJ1063951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
What Account of Science Shall We Give? a Case Study of Scientists Teaching First-Year University Subjects
Smith, Dorothy V.; Mulhall, Pamela J.; Gunstone, Richard F.; Hart, Christina E.
International Journal of Science Education, v37 n9 p1504-1523 2015
This article presents a case study of four academic scientists. These academics teach in the first year of a Bachelor of Science degree at a large research-focused Australian university that has demanded and supported a greater focus on undergraduate learning. Taken as a whole, the accounts of science that the first-year academics in this case study gave, and which they are presenting to their students, challenge the images of science and scientists typically presented in school science curricula. Using Roberts' heuristic of Vision 1 and Vision 2 for the broad purposes of learning science, we consider various accounts given of science by these academic scientists and consider how science might appear to a student who takes all four of their subjects.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Scientists, Research Universities, College Freshmen, Undergraduate Study, Case Studies, Heuristics, Scientific Principles, College Curriculum, College Faculty, Comparative Analysis, Semi Structured Interviews
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia