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Allchin, Douglas – Science & Education, 2014
The prospective virtues of using history and philosophy of science in science teaching have been pronounced for decades. Recently, a role for nature of science in supporting scientific literacy has become widely institutionalized in curriculum standards internationally. This short review addresses these current needs, highlighting the concrete…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Classroom Environment, Scientific Principles, Ideology
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Allchin, Douglas – Science & Education, 2012
The new Minnesota Case Study Collection is profiled, along with other examples. They complement the work of the HIPST Project in illustrating the aims of: (1) historically informed inquiry learning that fosters explicit NOS reflection, and (2) engagement with faithfully rendered samples of Whole Science.
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Case Studies, Inquiry, Science Instruction
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Allchin, Douglas – Science & Education, 2006
Lawson's (Lawson, A.: 2004, Science & Education, 13, 155-177) analysis of the meteorite hypothesis of dinosaur extinction exhibits flaws similar to his earlier (2002) analysis of Galileo's discovery of Jupiter's moons (Allchin, D.: 2003, Science & Education, 12, 315-329).
Descriptors: Science History, Scientific Methodology, Theories, Science Instruction
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Allchin, Douglas – Science & Education, 2006
This paper addresses Lawson's puzzlement about the absence of prediction in William Harvey's and Marcello Malpighi's views on capillaries. In addressing the context of that enquiry, it also addresses historiographic versus philosophical models of science, contexts of discovery versus justification, normative versus descriptive interpretations of…
Descriptors: Human Body, Metabolism, Prediction, Historiography
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Allchin, Douglas – Science & Education, 2004
The dangers of pseudoscience--parapsychology, astrology,creationism, etc.--are widely criticized. Lessons in the history of science are often viewed as an educational remedy by conveying the nature of science. But such histories can be flawed. In particular, many stories romanticize scientists, inflate the drama of their discoveries,and…
Descriptors: Science History, Scientific Principles, Scientists, Creationism