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ERIC Number: EJ798809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
"How Should I Know What Scientists Do?--I Am Just a Kid": Fourth-Grade Students' Conceptions of Nature of Science
Akerson, Valarie L.; Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad S.
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v17 n1 p1-11 Spr 2005
The purpose of this study is to explore elementary students' views of (NOS) to see how well they align with national reform recommendations (AAAS, 1993; NRC, 1996). Using an open-ended questionnaire coupled with one-on-one interviews of fourth-grade students conducted at the end of the school year, the researchers explored students' understandings of the distinction between observation and inference, the creative and imaginative nature of science, and the tentative yet reliable nature of science. Through interpretive analysis of student responses, the researchers describe students' views of NOS and compare them to reform recommendations for NOS understandings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A