ERIC Number: EJ1082166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
The Contextual Nature of Scientists' Views of Theories, Experimentation, and Their Coordination
Sandoval, William A.; Redman, Elizabeth H.
Science & Education, v24 n9 p1079-1102 Nov 2015
Practicing scientists' views of science recently have become a topic of interest to nature of science researchers. Using an interview protocol developed by Carey and Smith that assumes respondents' views cohere into a single belief system, we asked 15 research chemists to discuss their views of theories and experimentation. Respondents expressed a range of ideas about science during interviews, but in ways that defied assignment to a unitary, coherent belief system. Instead, scientists expressed more or less constructivist ideas depending upon the questions asked. We interpret our findings to suggest that efforts to categorize such conceptions at best oversimplify, and at worst misconstrue, people's views about science and how such ideas might develop.
Descriptors: Scientists, Scientific Attitudes, Science Process Skills, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Principles, Science Experiments, Beliefs, Chemistry, Constructivism (Learning), Concept Formation, Interviews
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