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ERIC Number: EJ831262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Profiles of Freshman Physics Students' Views on the Nature of Science
Ibrahim, Bashirah; Buffler, Andy; Lubben, Fred
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v46 n3 p248-264 Mar 2009
The views on various aspects of the nature of science (NOS) of 179 novice undergraduate physics students were investigated using six open-ended, written probes. These views were consolidated within compact NOS "profiles", which were designed based on the students' responses to the probes. These profiles may be understood as sets of key descriptors, which represented the variation in the views of individual students in a succinct way. The views of 86% of the sample were found to be represented by four profiles, each containing five descriptors. The consequences for the teaching and learning of tertiary science, and advantages for linking NOS views to other research observables were explored. (Contains 1 figure and 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa