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ERIC Number: EJ940803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Science Instructors' Views of Science and Nature of Science
Karakas, Mehmet
Qualitative Report, v16 n4 p1124-1159 Jul 2011
This qualitative study examined how college science faculty who teach introductory level undergraduate science courses including the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science, understand and define science and nature of science (NOS). Participants were seventeen science instructors from five different institutions in the northeastern U.S. and all of them were interviewed. Consistent with previous research, the findings revealed that the participants in this study held sophisticated and complex conceptions of NOS. In some instances their views were in line with the views promoted by science philosophers, and in other instances their views were more mixed and naive. Findings show that engaging in scientific inquiry is not enough to ensure informed conceptions of NOS. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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