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ERIC Number: EJ852829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
A Research-Informed Instructional Unit to Teach the Nature of Science to Pre-Service Science Teachers
Aduriz-Bravo, Agustin; Izquierdo-Aymerich, Merce
Science & Education, v18 n9 p1177-1192 Sep 2009
In this paper we discuss the foundations and process of design of a research-informed instructional unit aimed for pre-service science teacher education. The unit covers some key ideas on the nature of science (around methodology, theory change, scientific inference and explanation, values, gender issues) anchoring them in a well-known episode from the history of science--the "discovery" of radium by the Curies. Such episode is mainly examined as reconstructed in the 1997 French commercial film "Les Palmes de Monsieur Schutz". Pre-service science teachers are required to solve three tasks, individually and in small groups; those tasks are respectively centred around: (1) the distinction between "discovering" and "inventing"; (2) scientific modelling via abduction; and (3) the extended hagiographic treatment of the figure of Madame Curie. Plenary debates around the tasks aim at acquainting pre-service science teachers with some powerful concepts of twentieth century philosophy of science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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