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ERIC Number: EJ887203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
More from the Horse's Mouth: What Scientists Say about Science as a Social Practice
Wong, Siu Ling; Hodson, Derek
International Journal of Science Education, v32 n11 p1431-1463 Jul 2010
This research study sought to identify prominent features of the nature of science (NOS) embedded in authentic scientific inquiry. Fourteen well-established scientists from different parts of the world, working in experimental or theoretical research, in both traditional fields such as astrophysics and rapidly growing research fields such as molecular biology, participated as the informants of the study. The descriptions of their practices revealed eight prominent categories of NOS features. In an earlier paper of ours, we have reported four categories under the two themes: (1) the methods of scientific investigation and (2) the role and status of scientific knowledge. In this paper, we focus on the remaining four categories under the theme: social dimensions of science. Scientists' descriptions of their practices have "put some flesh on the bones" of the assertion that science is socially and culturally embedded. These descriptions also have considerable potential for development into interesting case studies as teaching resources to enhance and enrich students' understanding of NOS. (Contains 1 table and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; New Zealand; Switzerland; United Kingdom; United States