ERIC Number: EJ962193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Heuristic Diagrams as a Tool to Teach History of Science
Chamizo, Jose A.
Science & Education, v21 n5 p745-762 May 2012
The graphic organizer called here heuristic diagram as an improvement of Gowin's Vee heuristic is proposed as a tool to teach history of science. Heuristic diagrams have the purpose of helping students (or teachers, or researchers) to understand their own research considering that asks and problem-solving are central to scientific activity. The left side originally related in Gowin's Vee with philosophies, theories, models, laws or regularities now agrees with Toulmin's concepts (language, models as representation techniques and application procedures). Mexican science teachers without experience in science education research used the heuristic diagram to learn about the history of chemistry considering also in the left side two different historical times: past and present. Through a semantic differential scale teachers' attitude to the heuristic diagram was evaluated and its usefulness was demonstrated.
Descriptors: Semantics, Heuristics, Semantic Differential, Instructional Materials, Science Teachers, Science Education, Chemistry, Teacher Attitudes, History, Research, Foreign Countries, Research Tools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico