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Alcantara, Marlon C.; Braga, Marco; van den Heuvel, Charles – Science & Education, 2020
This paper discusses the potential of the creation and analysis of historical networks as didactic strategies in science education. To this end, we first argue the importance of combining critical approaches of the history of science with historical network research. This will be followed by a report of an empirical experiment in which the history…
Descriptors: Science Education, Network Analysis, High School Students, Science History
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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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Emden, Markus; Gerwig, Mario – Science & Education, 2020
Michael Faraday is considered one of the greatest science lecturers in history. He popularized the Christmas Lectures as a format of science communication that has survived until today in the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Especially, his "Chemical History of a Candle" has become a classic of science communication that has inspired…
Descriptors: Science History, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Scientific Research
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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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Galili, Igal – Science & Education, 2019
This study considers the short list of Nature of Science (NOS) features frequently published and widely known in the science education discourse. It is argued that these features were oversimplified and a refinement of the claims may enrich or sometimes reverse them. The analysis shows the need to address the range of variation in each particular…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Science History, Science Instruction
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Nouri, Noushin; McComas, William F.; Aponte-Martinez, Gerardo J. – Science & Education, 2019
This multiple-case study examined the rationales and instructional strategies for teaching history of science (HOS) of 16 instructors of a history of science course for undergraduate preservice teachers in the USA. Based on instructor syllabi, instructional materials, and instructor interviews, we conducted single-case and cross-case analyses to…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Science History, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Level
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Bhakthavatsalam, Sindhuja – Science & Education, 2019
Teaching false theories goes against the general pedagogical and philosophical belief that we must only teach and learn what is true. In general, the goal of pedagogy is taken to be epistemic: to gain knowledge and avoid ignorance. In this article, I argue that for realists and antirealists alike, epistemological and pedagogical goals have to come…
Descriptors: Theories, Teaching Methods, Educational Philosophy, Science Instruction
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Gandolfi, Haira Emanuela – Science & Education, 2018
This article presents the results of an exploratory study of students' knowledge about scientists and countries' contributions to science, aiming at answering two research questions: "In which ways are students aware of the history of scientific development carried out by different people in different places of the world? What can be…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science History, Science Instruction
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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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Ma, Yongjun; Wan, Yanlan – Science & Education, 2017
Based on previous international studies, a content analysis scheme has been designed and used from the perspective of culture to study the history of science (HOS) in science textbooks. Nineteen sets of Chinese science textbooks have been analyzed. It has been found that there are noticeable changes in the quantity, content, layout, presentation,…
Descriptors: Science History, Science Instruction, Content Analysis, Textbooks
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Williams, Cody Tyler; Rudge, David Wÿss – Science & Education, 2016
Science education researchers have long advocated the central role of the nature of science (NOS) for our understanding of scientific literacy. NOS is often interpreted narrowly to refer to a host of epistemological issues associated with the process of science and the limitations of scientific knowledge. Despite its importance, practitioners and…
Descriptors: Science History, Genetics, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction
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Galili, Igal – Science & Education, 2016
Physics textbooks often present items of disciplinary knowledge in a sequential order of topics of the theory under instruction. Such presentation is usually univocal, that is, isolated from alternative claims and contributions regarding the subject matter in the pertinent scientific discourse. We argue that comparing and contrasting the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses
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Fulford, Janice Marie; Rudge, David Wÿss – Science & Education, 2016
The phenomenon of industrial melanism (IM) became widely acknowledged as a well-documented example of natural selection largely as a result of H.B.D. Kettlewell's pioneering research on the subject in the early 1950s. It was quickly picked up by American biology textbooks starting in the early 1960s and became ubiquitous throughout the 1970s,…
Descriptors: Biology, Textbooks, Evolution, Phenomenology
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Pavez, José M.; Vergara, Claudia A.; Santibañez, David; Cofré, Hernán – Science & Education, 2016
A number of authors have recognized the importance of understanding the nature of science (NOS) for scientific literacy. Different instructional strategies such as decontextualized, hands-on inquiry, and history of science (HOS) activities have been proposed for teaching NOS. This article seeks to understand the contribution of HOS in enhancing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Science Teachers, Biology
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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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