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Bächtold, Manuel; Cross, David; Munier, Valérie – Research in Science Education, 2021
This paper addresses two methodological issues related to the assessment of teachers' views of science. The first concerns the distinction between the "nature of science" (NOS) and the nature of "scientific inquiry" (SI): should the points related to NOS and those related to SI be analyzed independently? The second concerns the…
Descriptors: Classification, Scientific Attitudes, Scientific Principles, Epistemology
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Nouri, Noushin; McComas, William F. – Research in Science Education, 2021
Science educators generally accept that the nature of science (NOS) should have a prominent place in school science curricula. This study highlights the special opportunity offered by the history of science (HOS) as a context for teaching NOS, by revealing HOS instructors' perspectives. We collected data from 15 instructors at 11 institutions who…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction
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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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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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Piliouras, Panagiotis; Plakitsi, Katerina; Seroglou, Fanny; Papantoniou, Georgia – Research in Science Education, 2018
The nature of science (NOS) has become a central goal of science education in many countries. This study refers to a "developmental work research" program, in which four fifth-grade elementary in-service teachers participated. It aimed to improve their understandings of NOS and their abilities to teach it effectively to their students.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Principles, Faculty Development, Grade 5
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Michie, Michael; Hogue, Michelle; Rioux, Joël – Research in Science Education, 2018
The issue of Indigenous engagement, participation and success in the sciences is a concern both in Australia and in Canada. The authors of this paper have taught Indigenous students in tertiary enabling programs, undergraduate science and science education. Their experiences bridging Indigenous and Western cultures in science and science education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Indigenous Populations, Teaching Methods
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Erduran, Sibel; Kaya, Ebru – Research in Science Education, 2018
Developing pre-service science teachers' epistemic insight remains a challenge, despite decades of research in related bodies of work such as the nature of science (NOS) in science education. While there may be numerous aspects to this problem, one critical element is that the NOS is a meta-concept that demands higher-order cognitive skills. One…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Herman, Benjamin C.; Clough, Michael P.; Olson, Joanne K. – Research in Science Education, 2017
This study investigated what 13 secondary science teachers at various nature of science (NOS) instruction implementation levels talked about when they reflected on their teaching. We then determined if differences exist in the quality of those reflections between high, medium, and low NOS implementers. This study sought to answer the following…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Scientific Principles
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Krell, Moritz; Upmeier zu Belzen, Annette; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2014
It is argued that knowledge about models is an important part of a profound understanding of Nature of Science. Consequently, researchers have developed different "levels of understanding" to analyse students', teachers', or experts' comprehension of this topic. In some approaches, "global" levels of understanding have been…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Models, Secondary School Students, Biology
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Klosterman, Michelle L.; Sadler, Troy D.; Brown, Julie – Research in Science Education, 2012
The currency, relevancy and changing nature of science makes it a natural topic of focus for mass media outlets. Science teachers and students can capitalize on this wealth of scientific information to explore socio-scientific and sustainability issues; however, without a lens on how those media are created and how representations of science are…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Teachers, Media Literacy, Sustainable Development
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Wilson, Rachel E.; Kittleson, Julie M. – Research in Science Education, 2012
Science education researchers are concerned with preparing pre-service elementary teachers (PSETs) to teach in ways that support students to learn science in a meaningful way. Preparing elementary teachers to teach science is complicated given that they tend to be generalists and may not have the same experience with science as secondary teachers.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Scientific Principles
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Cakmakci, Gultekin; Sevindik, Hatice; Pektas, Meryem; Uysal, Asli; Kole, Fatma; Kavak, Gamze – Research in Science Education, 2012
This paper reports on an attempt to investigate Turkish primary school students' interest in science by using their self-generated questions. We investigated students' interest in science by analyzing 1704 self-generated science-related questions. Among them, 826 questions were submitted to a popular science magazine called Science and Children.…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Science Interests, Foreign Countries, Internet
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Gardner, Grant Ean; Jones, M. Gail – Research in Science Education, 2011
Developing scientifically literate students who understand the socially contextualized nature of science and technology is a national focus of science education reform. Science educators' perceptions of risks and benefits of new technologies (such as biotechnology) may shape their instructional approaches. This study examined the perceived risk of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Risk, Biotechnology, Biology
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