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da Fonseca Moraes Batista, Renata; Silva, Cibelle Celestino – Science & Education, 2019
In this project, we worked in partnership with school teachers who are frequent users of experimental kits available for loan to schools using the historical-investigative approach. The original kits bring a traditional approach to experimentation, without the presence of the history of science. We developed and implemented new guides to the kits,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Teachers, Science Experiments, History
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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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Jin, Hui; Delgado, Cesar; Bauer, Malcolm I.; Wylie, E. Caroline; Cisterna, Dante; Llort, Kenneth F. – Science & Education, 2019
In this article, we report on a three-pronged effort to create a hypothetical learning progression for quantification in science. First, we drew from history and philosophy of science to define the quantification competency and develop hypothetical levels of the learning progression. More specifically, the quantification competency refers to the…
Descriptors: Science Education, History, Philosophy, Scientific Principles
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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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Bruguière, Catherine; Perru, Olivier; Charles, Frédéric – Science & Education, 2018
The article examines a number of links between the metaphorical uses of the concept of metamorphosis in literature and the various changes of the meaning of the concept that took place at the beginning of the modern scientific age between the 17th and 19th centuries, a period during which the notion of metamorphosis resurfaced in conflict with…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Lessl, Thomas – Science & Education, 2018
Scientific inquiry is both theoretical and empirical. It succeeds by bringing thought into productive harmony with the observable universe, and thus, students can attain a robust understanding of the nature of science (NOS) only by developing a balanced appreciation of both these dimensions. In this article, I examine naïve empiricism, a teaching…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Religion, Conflict, Scientific Research
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King, Heather; Achiam, Marianne – Science & Education, 2017
Fundamental knowledge of natural history is lacking in many western societies, as demonstrated by its absence in school science curricula. And yet, to meet local and global challenges such as environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change, we need to better understand the living and non-living parts of the natural world. Many have…
Descriptors: History, Epistemology, Logical Thinking, Science Education
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Machado, Juliana; Braga, Marco Antônio Barbosa – Science & Education, 2016
A characterization of the modelling process in science is proposed for science education, based on Mario Bunge's ideas about the construction of models in science. Galileo's "Dialogues" are analysed as a potentially fruitful starting point to implement strategies aimed at modelling in the classroom in the light of that proposal. It is…
Descriptors: History, Science Instruction, Epistemology, Science Education
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Zudini, Verena; Zuccheri, Luciana – Science & Education, 2016
A study of the interactions between mathematics and cognitive science, carried out within a historical perspective, is important for a better understanding of mathematics education in the present. This is evident when analysing the contribution made by the epistemological theories of Ernst Mach. On the basis of such theories, a didactic method was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Cognitive Science, Theories
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Kragh, Helge – Science & Education, 2015
For more than a century the notion of a pre-established harmony between the mathematical and physical sciences has played an important role not only in the rhetoric of mathematicians and theoretical physicists, but also as a doctrine guiding much of their research. Strongly mathematized branches of physics, such as the vortex theory of atoms…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Physics, Physical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Archila, Pablo Antonio – Science & Education, 2015
This article describes the effect of a teaching-learning sequence (TLS) based on the discovery of oxygen in promoting students' argumentation. It examines the written and oral arguments produced by 63 high school students (24 females and 39 males, 16-17 years old) in France during a complete TLS supervised by the same teacher. The data used in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, High School Students, Written Language
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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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Allen, G. Donald – Science & Education, 2014
In human history, the origin of the numbers came from definite practical needs. Indeed, there is strong evidence that numbers were created before writing. The number "1", dating back at least 20,000 years, was found as a counting symbol on a bone. The famous statement by the German mathematician Leopold Kronecker (1823-1891), "God…
Descriptors: Numbers, Mathematics, History, Philosophy
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Paul, Diane B. – Science & Education, 2014
Although it is often taken for granted that eugenics is odious, exactly what makes it so is far from obvious. The existence of considerable interpretative flexibility is evident in the disparate policy lessons for contemporary reproductive genetics (or "reprogenetics") that have been derived from essentially the same set of historical…
Descriptors: Genetics, Selection, Moral Values, Moral Issues
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Mosvold, Reidar; Jakobsen, Arne; Jankvist, Uffe Thomas – Science & Education, 2014
In this theoretical article, we aim at theorizing the old statement that mathematics teachers might profit from studying the history of mathematics. We do this by drawing upon the theoretical framework of mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT). A selection of international studies on the history and pedagogy of mathematics is used as starting…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, History, Theories, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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