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ERIC Number: EJ1175642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1837-6290
Changes in the Perceptions of the Nature of Science and Religious Belief
Aflalo, Ester
Issues in Educational Research, v28 n2 p237-253 2018
Understanding the nature of science (NOS) is one of the challenging objectives in science education due, in part, to the complex relationship between religion and science. This study examines how NOS teaching affects the perception of the NOS amongst religious, as compared to secular, students. The participants included 205 religious and secular pre-service teachers; both categories, religious and secular, included Jewish and Muslim students. All students participated in a scientific content course, which integrated activities explicitly addressing the NOS. They completed a closed questionnaire that examined various aspects of NOS perceptions prior to, and following, the course and 22 also participated in semi-structured interviews. A paired "t"-test was performed and the interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analysed. The findings show that the course influenced some aspects of the NOS perceptions amongst all the participants, but did not change the perceived connection between religion and science among the religious participants. The interviews exposed the relationship between religion and science, and the educational implications of the findings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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