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ERIC Number: EJ906189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
Pre-Service and In-Service Science Teachers' Conceptions of the Nature of Science
Buaraphan, Khajornsak
Science Educator, v19 n2 p35-47 Fall 2010
The author explores the history of nature of science beliefs among pre-service and in-service teachers primarily in the United States and Thailand and compares this history to findings in a current study being conducted in Thailand. Two research questions were used to guide this current study: What are pre-service and in-service science teachers' conceptions of the NOS, particularly with regard to scientific knowledge, the scientific method, scientists' work, and scientific enterprise? What are similarities and differences between pre-service and in-service science teachers' conceptions of the NOS. The findings of this study may inform stakeholders about the current state of pre-service and in-service science teachers' understanding of the NOS and, subsequently, inform the design and implementation of programmes and curricula that promote understanding of the NOS at both the pre-service and in-service levels. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand; United States