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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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Dunlop, Lynda; Veneu, Fernanda – Science & Education, 2019
Controversies in science are an essential feature of scientific practice: defined here as current problems that are unresolved because there are no accepted procedures by which they can be resolved or there are differing assumptions that affect the interpretation of evidence. Although there has been much attention in science education literature…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Science and Society
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Radtka, Catherine – Science & Education, 2013
This study explores the way the concept of temperature was presented in lower-secondary science textbooks in France, Poland and England at the end of the 1950s and in the 2000s. I draw on history of science, history of education and book history to analyze different treatments of an apparently-similar scientific concept with regard to national…
Descriptors: Climate, Foreign Countries, Scientific Concepts, Educational History
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Hale, Piers J. – Science & Education, 2012
The nineteenth-century Anglican Priest Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) was a significant populariser of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Kingsley was successful in this regard because he developed such diverse connections throughout his career. In the 1840s he associated with Chartists and radical journalists; in the 1850s and 1860s…
Descriptors: Evolution, Foreign Countries, Science Education History, Theories
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de Berg, Kevin C. – Science & Education, 2011
This paper discusses the findings of a search for the intellectual tools used by Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) in his chemistry, education, and theology documents. Priestley's enquiring democratic view of knowledge was applicable in all three areas and constitutes a significant part of his lifework. Current epistemological issues in science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Principles, Chemistry, Epistemology
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Reiss, Michael – Science & Education, 2008
There has been a move in recent years towards the greater inclusion of social and ethical issues within science courses. This paper examines a new context-based course for 16-18 year-olds (Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology) who are studying biology in England and Wales. The course is taught through contexts and has an emphasis on social issues and…
Descriptors: Biology, Foreign Countries, Ethics, Science and Society
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Taber, Keith S. – Science & Education, 2008
The nature of science is a complex theme, and continues to be the subject of advanced and ongoing scholarship, drawing upon a range of disciplines. Therefore, whatever is presented in school science as being "the" nature of science must at best be a simplification, and so there is a need to form judgements about which simplifications are…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Scientific Principles, Prior Learning, Science Instruction
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Cormack, Lesley B. – Science & Education, 2006
The teaching and learning of geographical and mathematical knowledge in early modern England was a complex interaction among scholars, practitioners, merchants, and gentry. Each group had different values and goals associated with geographical knowledge and therefore different educational venues and different topics to be investigated. This paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, Mathematics Education, World History