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Koster, Edwin; de Regt, Henk W. – Science & Education, 2020
While a conception of science as value free has been dominant since Max Weber defended it in the nineteenth century, recent years have witnessed an emerging consensus that science is not -- and cannot be -- completely free of values. Which values may legitimately influence science, and in which ways, is currently a topic of heated debate in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Education, Values
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Betti, Lia; Shaw, Peter; Behrends, Volker – Science & Education, 2020
Lack of acceptance of biological evolution, despite the overwhelming evidence that supports it, can be very problematic in higher education courses that have a strong biological basis. We investigated acceptance of biological evolution in 344 first-year Life Sciences undergraduate students across five programmes at the University of Roehampton,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, College Freshmen, Evolution
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Akgun, Selin; Kaya, Ebru – Science & Education, 2020
The paper presents an empirical study on university students' perceptions of nature of science (NOS). NOS is framed in terms of the cognitive, epistemic, and social-institutional systems of science based on the Family Resemblance Approach (FRA) (Erduran and Dagher 2014; Irzik and Nola 2014; Irzik and Nola, SCED 20:591-607, 2011). FRA includes the…
Descriptors: College Students, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes
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Mesci, Günkut; Schwartz, Renee S.; Pleasants, Brandy Ann-Skjold – Science & Education, 2020
The goal of this study was to explore the influencing factors of pre-service science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for targeted aspects of nature of science (NOS) and nature of scientific inquiry (NOSI) in a 13-month teacher development program, through multiple data sources. The program included a research experience, a course on…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Scientific Principles
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Najami, Naim; Hugerat, Muhamad; Kabya, Fattma; Hofstein, Avi – Science & Education, 2020
A study was conducted on how scientific laboratory lessons contribute to building arguments, both cognitively and socially. The population consisted of 12 second-year pre-service teachers at a college of education specializing in the teaching of biology and chemistry in middle school. The study examines the nature of the arguments students raise…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Persuasive Discourse, Science Laboratories
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Archila, Pablo Antonio; Molina, Jorge; Truscott de Mejía, Anne-Marie – Science & Education, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic is the reason why humanity is paying more attention to the importance of regular and rigorous handwashing. Interestingly, in the nineteenth century, regular and rigorous handwashing was a key (and controversial) solution proposed by the Hungarian obstetrician Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis to cut drastically cases of puerperal…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Undergraduate Students, Persuasive Discourse, Case Method (Teaching Technique)
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Mesci, Günkut – Science & Education, 2020
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effectiveness of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK)-based nature of science (NOS) teaching on pre-service science teachers' (PSTs) NOS views. The study is grounded by conceptual change and experiential learning theory. It is also framed by the teacher professional knowledge and skill (TPK&S) PCK…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Scientific Principles
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Mohan, Ashwin Krishnan – Science & Education, 2020
Quantum mechanics has proven to be a challenging subject for instructors to teach and conceptually difficult for students to understand. A major source of the difficulty is the lack of everyday experience that quantum mechanics can be related to and the change in thinking required in transitioning from deterministic classical mechanics to a…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Textbooks, Textbook Content, Higher Education
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Aini, Rahmi Qurota; Rachmatullah, Arif; Harliadi, Muhammad Dika; Ha, Minsu – Science & Education, 2020
Indonesia is a religious country that values local wisdom and customs. Although the characteristics of the Indonesian people may provide novel insight into and distinguished views on the theory of evolution by natural selection, few studies have explored how Indonesians view the theory of biological evolution. Thus, this study aimed to examine the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biology, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Fuselier, Linda; McFadden, Justin; King, Katherine Ray – Science & Education, 2019
From literature on understandings of the "nature of science" (NOS), we know that sometimes scientists and others that participate in teaching and mentoring in the sciences lack an informed view of the philosophical underpinnings of their discipline. In this study, we ask whether biologists who are also teachers or mentors for college…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientists, Science Teachers, Mentors
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Rutt, Alexis; Mumba, Frackson – Science & Education, 2019
Despite its positive impact on students' understanding of the nature of science and science content knowledge, few secondary science teachers incorporate the history of science into their instruction. This article describes the effects of an online history of science course on preservice teachers' perceptions of and content and pedagogical…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Williams, Cody Tyler; Rudge, David Wÿss – Science & Education, 2019
Concepts related to the nature of science (NOS) have been considered an important part of scientific literacy as reflected in its inclusion in curriculum documents. A significant amount of science education research has focused on improving learners' understanding of NOS. One approach that has often been advocated is an "explicit and…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Science History
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Lorsbach, Anthony W.; Meyer, Allison Antink; Arias, Anna Maria – Science & Education, 2019
This study took place in an introductory science inquiry course for preservice elementary school teachers as a supplement to lessons on critical thinking. The correspondence of Charles Darwin was used to provide historical context to nature of science concepts of the sociocultural embeddedness of science, the subjective and reflective nature of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry
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Antink-Meyer, Allison; Brown, Ryan A. – Science & Education, 2019
The inclusion of engineering standards in US science education standards is potentially important because of how limited engineering education for K-12 learners is, despite the ubiquity of engineering in students' lives. However, the majority of learners experience science education throughout their compulsory schooling. If improved engineering…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Engineering Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Cofré, Hernán; Núñez, Paola; Santibáñez, David; Pavez, José M.; Valencia, Martina; Vergara, Claudia – Science & Education, 2019
There is widespread agreement that an adequate understanding of the nature of science (NOS) is a critical component of scientific literacy and a major goal in science education. However, we still do not know many specific details regarding how students and teachers learn particular aspects of NOS and what are the most important feature traits of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers
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