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ERIC Number: EJ1085989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2165-8714
Advanced Science Students' Understandings on Nature of Science in Finland
Sormunen, Kari; Köksal, Mustafa Serdar
European Journal of Educational Research, v3 n4 p167-176 2014
Majority of NOS studies comprise of determination or assessment studies conducted with ordinary students. In order to gain further understanding on variation in NOS understandings among the students, there should be different research attempts focusing on unconventional students such as academically advanced students. The purpose of this study is to determine epistemological understanding of Finnish academically advanced science students concerning aspects of NOS. The study was a case study (N = 39) conducted with qualitative perspective. Questionnaires on the students' attitude toward science and motivation toward science learning plus a form for the teacher's ideas and VNOS-C, were used as diagnostic tools and data collection instruments. The study revealed that the majority of the students were found to be naïve in aspects such as "empirical basis of science", "observation and inference", "subjectivity of scientists", "social and cultural embeddedness", "creativity in science", "theories and laws" and "tentativeness". [This paper was presented at the 11th International and 6th Greek History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Joint Conference, 1-5 July 2011, Aristotale University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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