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ERIC Number: EJ910940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
Thai In-Service Science Teachers' Conceptions of the Nature of Science
Buaraphan, Khajornsak
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v32 n2 p188-217 2009
Understanding of the Nature of Science (NOS) serves as one of the desirable characteristics of science teachers. The current study attempted to explore 101 Thai in-service science teachers' conceptions of the NOS, particularly scientific knowledge, the scientific method, scientists' work, and scientific enterprise, by using the Myths of Science Questionnaire (MOSQ). The results revealed four characteristics of the teachers' conceptions of the NOS: High Informed with High Confidence (HIHC); High Informed with Low Confidence (HILC); Low Informed with High Confidence (LIHC); and Low Informed with Low Confidence (LILC). Many teachers in particular those in the LIHC group, who had uninformed conceptions but highly believed they were correct, need urgent help in modifying their conceptions of the NOS regarding scientific theories and laws, science as cumulative knowledge, theory-laden observation, and subjectivity in science. The implications related to the utilisation and revision of the MOSQ and science teacher professional development programmes are also discussed. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand