ERIC Number: EJ904520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
False Friends: What Makes a Story Inadequate for Science Teaching?
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v41 n4 p323-333 Oct 2010
Recently, there has been an increasing emphasis in discussions on science education on the potential and advantages of stories and narratives in teaching situations. From this, one might conclude that simply starting to use stories in science classrooms is a good thing, "per se". Yet, as I will argue in my paper, things do not appear to be that easy. From my understanding, it is necessary to select the stories to be told in teaching situations with care--and also to reject those stories which are not to be told. With respect to such a selection, different criteria can be employed, depending on the aims of the instructional unit. In doing so, my criteria for selection will be based on an education which does not focus solely on the communication of scientific knowledge but which emphasizes relevant topics from the nature of science for structuring the teaching. With this intention, one can identify constructions of narratives that are misleading with respect to the nature of science and which may lead to an inappropriate understanding of science and scientific practice.
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Story Telling, Instructional Effectiveness, Classroom Environment, Selection, Criteria
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