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ERIC Number: EJ872154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Enabling Students to Develop a Scientific Mindset
Kalman, Calvin
Science & Education, v19 n2 p147-163 Feb 2010
This paper is centered on getting students to understand the nature of science (NOS) by considering historical material in relation to modern philosophers of science. This paper incorporates the methodology of contrasting cases in the calculus-based introductory physics course on optics and modern physics. Students study one philosopher all semester as a group project and report regularly on how their philosopher would view the subject matter of the course. Almost all of the students were able to argue successfully on the final examination about all three philosophers. Students become aware that the same textual material can be viewed in a variety of ways. The answers that students give about the NOS have become clearer at the end of the course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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