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González-García, Francisco José; Blanco-López, Ángel; España-Ramos, Enrique; Franco-Mariscal, Antonio-Joaquín – Research in Science Education, 2021
The relationship between science and society has, for many years, been the subject of debate in different fields, and various proposals have been made regarding the kind of science education that citizens require. The present study considers an understanding of the nature of science (NOS) to be one of the key competences that citizens should…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Citizenship Education
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García-Carmona, Antonio – Research in Science Education, 2021
This qualitative study analyses how effective an activity based on the critical and reflexive reading of the historical case of Rosalind Franklin and the elucidation of the molecular structure of DNA can be for learning about the nature of science (NOS). The aspects of NOS addressed are the plurality of methods in scientific research, research…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Knowledge Level, Biographies
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Li, Xiying; Tan, Zuyu; Shen, Jiliang; Hu, Weiping; Chen, Yinghe; Wang, Jingying – Research in Science Education, 2020
Based on the "analytical framework of nature of science" (NOS) in junior school science textbooks, a content analysis method was adopted to analyze the NOS in junior middle school physical textbooks (grade 8) of five editions authorized by the Ministry of Education of China, and the features of NOS were analyzed and compared. It was…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Grade 8, Textbooks, Scientific Principles
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Zion, Michal; Schwartz, Renee S.; Rimerman-Shmueli, Esther; Adler, Idit – Research in Science Education, 2020
One of today's challenges in science education involves the development of appropriate conceptions of inquiry teaching and realizing how these experiences can support students' understanding of the nature of science and inquiry (NOS and NOSI). To meet this challenge, we developed a course for in-service science teachers, in which…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles
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Upahi, Johnson Enero; Ramnarain, Umesh; Ishola, Ismail Saheed – Research in Science Education, 2020
The development of science education in many countries is varied and diverse. However, one common goal of science education in the different contexts is the focus on scientific literacy. To promote scientific literacy, the Nature of Science (NoS) is one of the vital components for raising scientifically literate citizens. In view of this, the…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Science Education
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Archila, Pablo Antonio; Molina, Jorge; de Mejía, Anne-Marie Truscott – Research in Science Education, 2020
Contrary to the situation at primary, middle, and secondary school levels, university science courses provide students with very few opportunities to reflect upon the nature of science (NOS). The first goal of this study was to provide evidence that the co-construction of evolutionary trees, an important component of university biology education,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Herman, Benjamin C .; Olson, Joanne K.; Clough, Michael P. – Research in Science Education, 2019
This study reports the participation of 13 secondary science teachers in informal support networks and how that participation was associated with their nature of science (NOS) teaching practices 2 to 5 years after having graduated from the same science teacher education program. The nine teachers who participated in informal support networks…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientific Principles, Social Support Groups
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Romero-Maltrana, Diego; Benitez, Federico; Vera, Francisco; Rivera, Rodrigo – Research in Science Education, 2019
There is an increasing demand in the field of science education for the incorporation of philosophical and sociological aspects that are related to the scientific enterprise in school curricula, to the extent that the incorporation of these aspects is now considered a necessity. Several of these aspects can be categorised within the framework of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Science Curriculum
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de Andrade, Vanessa; Freire, Sofia; Baptista, Mónica – Research in Science Education, 2019
This article describes a system of analysis aimed at characterizing students' scientific explanations. Science education literature and reform documents have been highlighting the importance of scientific explanations for students' conceptual understanding and for their understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge. Nevertheless, and despite…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Knowledge Level, Student Attitudes
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Forbes, Anne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2019
"MyScience" is a primary science education initiative in which being in a community of practice (CoP) is integral to the learning process. Stakeholder groups--primary teachers, primary students and scientist mentors--interact around the CoP "domain" of investigating scientifically and learn from each other "through…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Student Attitudes
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Leden, Lotta; Hansson, Lena – Research in Science Education, 2019
The inclusion of "nature of science" (NOS) in science education has for a long time been regarded as crucial. There is, however, a lack of research on appropriate NOS aspects for different educational levels. An even more neglected area of research is that focusing on teachers' perspectives on NOS teaching at different levels. The aim of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary School Science
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Das, Pabi Maya; Faikhamta, Chatree; Punsuvon, Vittaya – Research in Science Education, 2019
This study is aimed at exploring ninth-grade Bhutanese students' views of nature of science (NOS). A total of 389 students from middle secondary and higher secondary schools from the eastern, western, southern and central regions of Bhutan took part in this study. To generate a representative population, a stratified random sampling technique was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles, Grade 9
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Leblebicioglu, G.; Abik, N. M.; Capkinoglu, E.; Metin, D.; Dogan, E. Eroglu; Cetin, P. S.; Schwartz, R. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Scientific inquiry is widely accepted as a method of science teaching. Understanding its characteristics, called Nature of Scientific Inquiry (NOSI), is also necessary for a whole conception of scientific inquiry. In this study NOSI aspects were taught explicitly through student inquiries in nature in two summer science camps. Students conducted…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Camps, Active Learning, Inquiry
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Schuster, David; Cobern, William W.; Adams, Betty A. J.; Undreiu, Adriana; Pleasants, Brandy – Research in Science Education, 2018
Science curricula and teaching methods vary greatly, depending in part on which facets of science are emphasized, e.g., core disciplinary ideas or science practices and process skills, and perspectives differ considerably on desirable pedagogies. Given the multi-faceted nature of science and the variety of teaching methods found in practice, it is…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Science Instruction, Core Curriculum, Science Curriculum
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Konnemann, Christiane; Höger, Christian; Asshoff, Roman; Hammann, Marcus; Rieß, Werner – Research in Science Education, 2018
This paper presents findings from a quasi-experimental study evaluating future teachers' attitudes and beliefs in response to a cross-curricular university course on evolution and creation bridging biological and Christian theological perspectives. Based on previous findings, we hypothesized that a course providing learning opportunities for…
Descriptors: Evolution, Religious Education, Science Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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