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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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Flynn, Simon; Hardman, Mark – Science & Education, 2019
In recent years, researchers within science education have started to consider the impact of narrative upon teaching and learning in science. This article investigates the possibilities of interactive fiction as a means by which students can be provided with feedback on their understanding in science, and explores the mechanisms which might allow…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Fiction, Books
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García-Carmona, Antonio; Acevedo-Díaz, José Antonio – Science & Education, 2017
This article presents a qualitative study, descriptive-interpretive in profile, of the effectiveness in learning about the nature of science (NOS) of an activity relating to the historical controversy between Pasteur and Liebig on fermentation. The activity was implemented during a course for pre-service secondary science teachers (PSSTs)…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientists, Scientific Concepts, Qualitative Research
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Reiners, Christiane S.; Bliersbach, Markus; Marniok, Karl – Science & Education, 2017
Understanding Nature of Science (NOS) is a central component of scientific literacy, which is agreed upon internationally, and consequently has been a major educational goal for many years all over the globe. In order to justify the promotion of an adequate understanding of NOS, educators have developed several arguments, among them the cultural…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Scientists
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Sjöström, Jesper; Eilks, Ingo; Zuin, Vânia G. – Science & Education, 2016
The modern world can be described as a globalized risk society. It is characterized by increasing complexity, unpredictable consequences of techno-scientific innovations and production, and its environmental consequences. Therefore, chemistry, just like many other knowledge areas, is in an ongoing process of "environmentalization." For…
Descriptors: Science Education, Environmental Education, Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Tümay, Halil – Science & Education, 2016
Philosophical debates about chemistry have clarified that the issue of emergence plays a critical role in the epistemology and ontology of chemistry. In this article, it is argued that the issue of emergence has also significant implications for understanding learning difficulties and finding ways of addressing them in chemistry. Particularly, it…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Scientific Concepts
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Justi, Rosária; Mendonça, Paula Cristina Cardoso – Science & Education, 2016
As part of a teacher training project, 16 future chemistry teachers participated in a dramatisation activity (a mock trial of the Fritz Haber case), in which they discussed a controversy concerning an event from the history of science: the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Fritz Haber in 1918. Preparations for the role-play activity, the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Sandoval, William A.; Redman, Elizabeth H. – Science & Education, 2015
Practicing scientists' views of science recently have become a topic of interest to nature of science researchers. Using an interview protocol developed by Carey and Smith that assumes respondents' views cohere into a single belief system, we asked 15 research chemists to discuss their views of theories and experimentation. Respondents expressed a…
Descriptors: Scientists, Scientific Attitudes, Science Process Skills, Scientific Methodology
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Croft, Michael; de Berg, Kevin – Science & Education, 2014
This paper selects six key alternative conceptions identified in the literature on student understandings of chemical bonding and illustrates how a historical analysis and a textbook analysis can inform these conceptions and lead to recommendations for improving the teaching and learning of chemical bonding at the secondary school level. The…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Scientific Concepts, Comprehension
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de Berg, Kevin – Science & Education, 2014
Both Lavoisier and Priestley were committed to the role of experiment and observation in their chemistry practice. According to Lavoisier the physical sciences embody three important ingredients; facts, ideas, and language, and Priestley would not have disagreed with this. Ideas had to be consistent with the facts generated from experiment and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Science Experiments, Physical Sciences
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Tolvanen, Simo; Jansson, Jan; Vesterinen, Veli-Matti; Aksela, Maija – Science & Education, 2014
Successful implementation of historical approach to teach nature of science (NOS) requires suitable curriculum material. Several research and development projects have produced lesson plans for science teachers. 25 lesson plans from four different projects involved in creating curriculum material utilizing historical approach in chemistry…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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Gerontas, Apostolos – Science & Education, 2014
Chromatographic instrumentation has been really influential in shaping the modern chemical practice, and yet it has been largely overlooked by history of science.Gas chromatography in the 1960s was considered the analytical technique closer to becoming dominant, and being the first automated chromatography set the standards that all the subsequent…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science History, Instrumentation, Scientific Research
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Chamizo, José Antonio – Science & Education, 2014
This paper attempts to show one of the ways history of chemistry can be teachable for chemistry teachers, it means something more than an undifferentiated mass of names and dates, establishing a temporal framework based on chemical entities that all students use. Represents a difficult equilibrium between over-simplification versus…
Descriptors: Science History, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Lancor, Rachael – Science & Education, 2014
Energy is one of the most important unifying themes in science. Yet the way energy is conceptualized varies depending on context. In this paper, the discourse used to explain the role of energy in systems from biology, chemistry, and physics is examined from the perspective of metaphor theory. Six substance metaphors for energy are identified in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Energy, Scientific Concepts, Biology
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Talanquer, Vicente – Science & Education, 2013
Studies of the philosophy of chemistry over the past 15 years suggest that chemistry is a hybrid science which mixes scientific pursuits with technological applications. Dominant universal characterizations of the nature of science thus fail to capture the essence of the discipline. The central goal of this position paper is to encourage…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Educational Quality, Science Education, Science Curriculum
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