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Develaki, Maria – Science & Education, 2017
Scientific reasoning is particularly pertinent to science education since it is closely related to the content and methodologies of science and contributes to scientific literacy. Much of the research in science education investigates the appropriate framework and teaching methods and tools needed to promote students' ability to reason and…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Epistemology, Educational Philosophy, Science Education
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Develaki, Maria – Science & Education, 2012
The availability of teaching units on the nature of science (NOS) can reinforce classroom instruction in the subject, taking into account the related deficiencies in textbook material and teacher training. We give a sequence of teaching units in which the teaching of Newton's gravitational theory is used as a basis for reflecting on the…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Theories, Science History, Scientific Principles
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Develaki, Maria – Science & Education, 2008
In view of the complex problems of this age, the question of the socio-ethical dimension of science acquires particular importance. We approach this matter from a philosophical and sociological standpoint, looking at such focal concerns as the motivation, purposes and methods of scientific activity, the ambivalence of scientific research and the…
Descriptors: Risk, Natural Sciences, Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Develaki, Maria – Science & Education, 2007
Model theory in contemporary philosophy of science interprets scientific theories as sets of models, and contributes significantly to the understanding of the relation between theories, models, and the real world. The clarification of this relation is fundamental for the understanding of the nature of scientific methods and scientific knowledge…
Descriptors: Models, Scientific Principles, Experiential Learning, Science Instruction