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He, Xinyu; Deng, Yang; Yu, Saisai; Wang, Houxiong – Science & Education, 2020
Scientific argumentation is a key practice in the construction, confirmation, and legalization of scientific knowledge. Although studies on scientific argumentation have been relatively plentiful, there are few quantitative studies on how students mentally perceive scientific argumentation, given that traditional quantitative tools such as Likert…
Descriptors: Science Education, Persuasive Discourse, Student Attitudes, Epistemology
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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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Emran, Ameer; Spektor-levy, Ornit; Paz Tal, Ofra; Ben Zvi Assaraf, Orit – Science & Education, 2020
A thorough understanding of the concept of the nature of science (NOS) is essential to the development of scientific literacy among students, as it provides the students with the tools and capacity to interpret the scientific knowledge they will encounter. This study focuses on how social factors may influence 1010 Israeli 9th grade students'…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles, Gender Differences
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Burke, Lydia E. Carol-Ann; Wallace, John – Science & Education, 2020
Education systems in once-colonised locations cannot escape the abiding legacy of colonisation. Science, in particular, has played a prominent role in the reasonings and rationalisations of the colonial process. When considered in the context of an education system established by imperial powers, it is difficult to reconcile processes of…
Descriptors: Postcolonialism, Science Education, Power Structure, Secondary School Science
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Ageitos, Noa; Puig, Blanca; Colucci-Gray, Laura – Science & Education, 2019
This article focuses on students' discursive moves and reasoning practices while engaged in a task that requires making explanatory links between sickle cell disease and malaria. Both diseases pertain to key areas of the biology curriculum, namely, genetic variability and natural selection, and are connected to the theory of evolution of living…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Evolution, Thinking Skills, Diseases
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Smith, Mike U.; Siegel, Harvey – Science & Education, 2019
Can a teacher aim for students to "believe" evolution without indoctrinating them? Recent discussions of indoctrination in evolution education suggest that such teaching must inevitably indoctrinate but is "warranted" in some cases; while science educators concerned about teaching for "belief" argue that such teaching…
Descriptors: Evolution, Beliefs, Science Teachers, Science Education
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Pierson, Ashlyn E.; Clark, Douglas B. – Science & Education, 2019
In light of recent emphasis on K-12 scientific modeling (e.g., Duschl et al. 2007, "Taking science to school: learning and teaching science in grades K-8"; Lehrer and Schauble 2015, "Handbook of child psychology and developmental science"; NRC 2012, "A framework for K-12 science education: practices, crosscutting concepts,…
Descriptors: Modeling (Psychology), Scientific Concepts, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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Herman, Benjamin C.; Owens, David C.; Oertli, Robert T.; Zangori, Laura A.; Newton, Mark H. – Science & Education, 2019
In addition to considering sociocultural, political, economic, and ethical factors (to name a few), effectively engaging socioscientific issues (SSI) requires that students understand and apply scientific explanations and the nature of science (NOS). Promoting such understandings can be achieved through immersing students in authentic real-world…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science and Society, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Gray, Kathryn L.; Fouad, Khadija E. – Science & Education, 2019
This study examines the use of an explicit, reflective method for teaching the difference and relationship between scientific theories and laws to ninth-grade students. Students reflected individually and then as a whole class on theories and laws using a Venn diagram, both before and after reading short articles describing features of theories…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Visual Aids
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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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Billingsley, Berry; Nassaji, Mehdi – Science & Education, 2019
There are widespread calls for school education to put more emphasis on developing students' appreciation of the power and limitations of science. Without effective teaching, there is a risk that sensationalist media claims will unduly influence students' perceptions of the power of science to already explain and predict aspects of our daily…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Student Characteristics
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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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Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Angell, Carl; Vistnes, Arnt Inge; Bungum, Berit – Science & Education, 2018
Quantum physics describes light as having both particle and wave properties; however, there is no consensus about how to interpret this duality on an ontological level. This article explores how pre-university physics students, while working with learning material focusing on historical-philosophical aspects of quantum physics, interpreted the…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Knowledge Level
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Wan, Dongsheng; Zhang, Hongshia; Wei, Bing – Science & Education, 2018
This study examines Chinese pre-service teachers' (N = 30) views on the nature of science (NOS) and how Chinese culture influences their views. Participants were from two teachers' universities in eastern China. As an exploratory and interpretive study, a scenario-based interview approach was adopted. The results indicated that the participants…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles
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