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Owens, David C.; Pear, Rachel S. A.; Alexander, Hanan A.; Reiss, Michael J.; Tal, Tali – Research in Science Education, 2018
There is a long history of some students finding that the science instruction they receive in schools fails to address their deeply held concerns about the theory of evolution. Such concerns are principally religious, though there are also students with deeply held religious views who are perfectly comfortable with the theory of evolution. New…
Descriptors: Evolution, Religion, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Ozturk, Nilay; Yilmaz-Tuzun, Ozgul – Research in Science Education, 2017
This study investigated preservice elementary science teachers' (PSTs) informal reasoning regarding socioscientific issues (SSI), their epistemological beliefs, and the relationship between informal reasoning and epistemological beliefs. From several SSIs, nuclear power usage was selected for this study. A total of 647 Turkish PSTs enrolled in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Epistemology, Beliefs
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Eastwood, Jennifer L.; Sadler, Troy D.; Sherwood, Robert D.; Schlegel, Whitney M. – Research in Science Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine whether Socioscientific Issues (SSI) based learning environments affect university students' epistemological understanding of scientific inquiry differently from traditional science educational contexts. We identify and compare conceptions of scientific inquiry of students participating in an…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science and Society, Undergraduate Students
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Robottom, Ian – Research in Science Education, 2012
In the past decade, we have seen the well-established discourse of environmental education (EE) supplanted by that of education for sustainability (EfS). In some ways this change in terminology has been no more than a slogan change, with the actual educational practices associated with EfS little changed from those qualified by EE (Campbell and…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Environmental Education, Science and Society, Educational Practices
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; McGinn, Michelle K. – Research in Science Education, 1997
Information processing models do not account for much of human competence in everyday scientific and lay contexts. Situated cognition models account better for competence in widely differing situations. In situated cognition models, the purpose of science education must be reconceived as preparing citizens to participate in public enactments of…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Cognitive Development, Cultural Context, Educational Objectives
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France, Bev; Davies, Janet – Research in Science Education, 2001
Points out that technology education in New Zealand provides an opportunity for societal issues to have equal space with technological capability and knowledge. There is a need for a teaching approach to engage in liberating technological literacy. (Contains 19 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology, Foreign Countries