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ERIC Number: EJ990526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1306-3065
Exploring the Relationships among Epistemological Beliefs, Metacognitive Awareness and Nature of Science
Ozgelen, Sinan
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v7 n3 p409-431 Jul 2012
This study aims to investigate the relationships among epistemological beliefs, metacognitive awareness, and nature of science (NOS). Participants were 45 preservice science teachers (PSTs) enrolled in two sections of Laboratory Application in Science II course in a university in Turkey. All of the participants were juniors with the same science major background. Participants in both groups were engaged with explicit-reflective and inquiry-based NOS instruction under conceptual change theory. This study is considered as a mixed methods concurrent embedded design model. After the intervention, all of the PSTs demonstrated developments about many of the NOS aspects. It can be concluded that inquiry-based laboratory instruction informed by the conceptual change theory provided PSTs' improve their NOS understanding. This study revealed statistically significant relationships among the some aspects of NOS, epistemological beliefs, and metacognitive awareness. The relationships were discussed in respect to current science education literature. (Contains 7 tables.)
International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication. Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Education, 14280 Golkoy-Bolu, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey