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Kaya, Ebru; Erduran, Sibel; Aksoz, Busra; Akgun, Selin – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
A recent framework on nature of science (NOS) is the Family Resemblance Approach (FRA). FRA presents NOS as a cognitive-epistemic and social-institutional system with a set of categories: aims and values, scientific methods, scientific practices, scientific knowledge and social-institutional aspects of science. Although FRA has been problematised…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Instruction
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Saif, Abdulsalam Dale Amer – Journal of Education and Practice, 2016
This study aims to investigate the views of Saudi Science Teachers in Najran district about the nature of science (NOS). A questionnaire of fourteen items was developed and administered to a sample of 83 science teachers. The questionnaire covers five aspects of the nature of science which are: scientific theories and models; role of scientists;…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Scientific Principles
Banda, Asiana; Mumba, Frackson; Chabalengula, Vivien M. – Science Educator, 2014
This study examined Zambian preservice chemistry teachers' views on the goals of chemistry education, the importance of the goals, and challenges for achieving them in schools. The study sample was comprised of 59 pre-service chemistry teachers at the University of Zambia. Data were collected using a modified Likert-scale questionnaire that was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Gilles, Brent; Buck, Gayle – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2019
Fostering students' ability to engage in scientific argumentation is an essential component of science teaching.. Unfortunately, research shows that teachers often lack sufficient prior experiences. As teacher educators, we sought to better understand how to effectively provide such critical experiences. Furthermore, we wanted to understand how…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Higher Education, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Develaki, Maria – Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, 2016
Models and modeling are core elements of scientific methods and consequently also are of key importance for the conception and teaching of scientific methodology. The epistemology of models and its transfer and adaption to nature of science education are not, however, simple themes. We present some conceptual units in which school science models…
Descriptors: Models, Scientific Methodology, Science Instruction, Epistemology
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Buaraphan, Khajornsak; Abedin Forhad, Ziaul – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2014
Understanding of nature of science (NOS) serves as one of the desirable characteristics of science teachers. The current study explored 55 Thai and 110 Bangladeshi in-service secondary science teachers' conceptions of NOS regarding scientific knowledge, scientific method, scientists' work, and scientific enterprise, by using the Myths of Science…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis
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Ulucinar Sagir, Safak – Journal of Education and Practice, 2017
The perceptions of class teachers, who will deliver science education at the elementary school, of information and science are significant as these affect the quality of education received by children. The aim of this research is to determine perceptions of prospective class teachers of science. The sample group of the research consists of 120…
Descriptors: Scientific Attitudes, Science Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Barnes, Caitlin; Angle, Julie; Montgomery, Diane – School Science and Mathematics, 2015
Creating scientifically literate students is a common goal among educational stakeholders. An understanding of nature of science is an important component of scientific literacy in K-12 science education. Q methodology was used to investigate the opinions of preservice and in-service teachers on how they intend to teach or currently teach science.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Epistemology, Q Methodology, Statistical Analysis
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Robertshaw, Brooke; Campbell, Todd – Science Education International, 2013
As western society becomes increasingly reliant on scientific information to make decisions, citizens must be equipped to understand how scientific arguments are constructed. In order to do this, pre-service teachers must be prepared to foster students' abilities and understandings of scientific argumentation in the classroom. This study…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science and Society
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Apostolou, Alexandros; Koulaidis, Vasilis – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
The aim of this paper is to study the epistemological views of science teachers for the following epistemological issues: scientific method, demarcation of scientific knowledge, change of scientific knowledge and the status of scientific knowledge. Teachers' views for each one of these epistemological questions were investigated during…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Education, Interviews, Science Teachers
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Cofré, Hernán; Núñez, Paola; Santibáñez, David; Pavez, José M.; Valencia, Martina; Vergara, Claudia – Science & Education, 2019
There is widespread agreement that an adequate understanding of the nature of science (NOS) is a critical component of scientific literacy and a major goal in science education. However, we still do not know many specific details regarding how students and teachers learn particular aspects of NOS and what are the most important feature traits of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers
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Yun, E.; Park, Y. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Just as language reflects one's thoughts, the text of science textbooks reflects the structure of scientific knowledge and thought. Therefore, students' learning of scientific language leads to their acquisition of the structure of scientific knowledge and thought. The purposes of this study were to extract scientific semantic network from science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Textbooks, Semantics, Language Usage
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Cigdemoglu, Ceyhan; Köseoglu, Fitnat – Science & Education, 2019
The present study specifically focuses on science teachers' views about scientific inquiry and their use of scientific inquiry in their lesson plans, which were prepared at a professional development workshop designed for better utilization of science centers (SCs). As an impact evaluation research, qualitative data was collected from 41…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Inquiry, Lesson Plans
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Alghamdi, Amani K. H.; Hamed Alanazi, Fayadh – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: This study explored how Saudi Arabian pre-service science teachers' (PST) use of social media (SM) creates scientific dialogue. Design and method: Data were collected via (a) in-depth interviews with eight science PSTs completing their practice teaching during a field experience course (2017 academic year at a Saudi Arabia Eastern…
Descriptors: Social Media, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Galili, Igal – Science & Education, 2019
This study considers the short list of Nature of Science (NOS) features frequently published and widely known in the science education discourse. It is argued that these features were oversimplified and a refinement of the claims may enrich or sometimes reverse them. The analysis shows the need to address the range of variation in each particular…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Science History, Science Instruction
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