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Krupa, James J. – American Biology Teacher, 2014
Large, introductory, nonmajors biology classes present challenges when trying to encourage class discussion to help reinforce important concepts. Lively in-class discussion involving hundreds of students is more successful when a relevant story told with passion is used to introduce a topic. In my courses, each semester begins with thorough…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Animals, Evolution
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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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Borsboom, Denny; Wijsen, Lisa D. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2016
The distinction between facts and moral values is highly desirable: science and politics should keep to their own territories. Traditionally speaking, science can be seen as an ivory tower, which attempts to do its job in isolation of external influences. Politics does not mandate methods of scientific research or standards of justification;…
Descriptors: Validity, Sciences, Politics, Definitions
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Louth, Paul – British Journal of Music Education, 2014
Drawing on the work of the philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend, this paper argues that the popular yet mistaken notion of scientific method has had a deleterious effect on music education by discouraging us from embracing conflict or pursuing counterinductive ways of thinking about music. Feyerabend argues that knowledge advances not according…
Descriptors: Music Education, Educational Philosophy, Scientific Methodology, Educational Practices
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Cherkasov, Aleksandr ?.; Bratanovskii, Sergei N.; Koroleva, Larisa A.; Zimovets, Ludmila G. – European Journal of Contemporary Education, 2019
The article discusses the origin and development of the school system on the territory of Vologda province in 1725-1917. In the second part of the study, the authors examine the development of the public education system from the end of the 1840 to 1864. In solving research problems, both general scientific methods (concretization and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational History, Public Education, Reading Instruction
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Reed, Katherine; Hiles, Sara Shipley; Tipton, Peter – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
Long before "fake news" became a catchphrase, misguided beliefs about scientific truths undermined the free exercise of democracy and personal decision-making. Journalistic norms such as providing false balance in the name of "objectivity," deliberate manipulation by vested interests, and the human tendency toward confirmation…
Descriptors: Journalism Education, Science Education, Advocacy, Scientific Literacy
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Kerasidou, Angeliki – Research Ethics, 2017
The role of ethics committees is to protect and safeguard the rights and welfare of participants, and promote good research by providing ethical guidance to researchers. In order for ethics committees to fulfil their role and obligations, they need to have adequate understanding of the science and scientific methods used in research. Genomics is a…
Descriptors: Ethics, Committees, Research Methodology, Researchers
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Les, Tomasz – Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2017
In this article, I present the argument that educational theory has specific character, which distinguishes it from most scientific disciplines. It requires the application of not only strictly scientific methods, which essentially consist of descriptions and explanations, but also normative ones, which indicate how it is related to philosophy and…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Educational Research, Moral Values
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Keyes, Grace – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2010
Many undergraduates can tell you what the scientific method means but just a little probing reveals a rather shallow understanding as well as a number of misconceptions about the method. The purpose of this paper is to indicate why such misconceptions occur and to point out some implications and suggestions for teaching the scientific method in…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Social Sciences, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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Senabre Hidalgo, Enric – Journal of Research Practice, 2018
Agile methods, initially used by cross-functional teams in software development projects, can also facilitate teamwork in collaborative research projects. For this, project management-related issues need to be addressed, including the challenge of finding practical means for coordinating scientific collaboration, while garnering commitment from…
Descriptors: Research Administration, Interdisciplinary Approach, Research Projects, Case Studies
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Novo, M. Teresa; Casanoves, Marina; Garcia-Vallvé, Santi; Pujadas, Gerard; Mulero, Miquel; Valls, Cristina – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
We present a practical activity focusing on two main goals: to give learners the opportunity to experience how the scientific method works and to increase their knowledge about enzymes in everyday situations. The exercise consists of determining the amylase activity of commercial detergents. The methodology is based on a qualitative assay using a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education
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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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Mierdel, Julia; Bogner, Franz X. – Education Sciences, 2019
As effective methods to foster students' understanding of scientific models in science education are needed, increased reflection on thinking about models is regarded as a relevant competence associated with scientific literacy. Our study focuses on the influence of model-based approaches (modeling vs. model viewing) in an out-of-school laboratory…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Genetics, Models, Scientific Concepts
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Hoad, Darren – Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 2011
The protection of European consumers from the false or misleading scientific and nutritional claims of food manufacturers took a step forward with the recent opinions of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). As a risk assessment agency, the EFSA recently assessed and rejected a vast number of food claim forcing the withdrawal of many claims…
Descriptors: Safety, Scientific Methodology, Consumer Education, Food Standards
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Cao, Yonghui; Kurbanova, Ajslu T.; Salikhova, Nailia R. – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2017
The main objective of the research is to create and approbate a new way of reflection formation in future teachers, which would increase the level of classifying thinking to the theoretical one. The "Formation of equivalence groups" technique was modified to conduct the experiment. It was carried out both individually and in…
Descriptors: Classification, Reflection, Thinking Skills, Preservice Teachers
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