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Chen, Ying-Chih; Hand, Brian; Park, Soonhye – Science & Education, 2016
Argumentation, and the production of scientific arguments are critical elements of inquiry that are necessary for helping students become scientifically literate through engaging them in constructing and critiquing ideas. This case study employed a mixed methods research design to examine the development in 5th grade students' practices of oral…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Scientific Literacy
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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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de Pereira, Alexsandro Pereira; Lima Junior, Paulo; Rodrigues, Renato Felix – Science & Education, 2016
Explaining is one of the most important everyday practices in science education. In this article, we examine how scientific explanations could serve as cultural tools for members of a group of pre-service physics teachers. Specifically, we aim at their use of explanations about forces of inertia in non-inertial frames of reference. A basic…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Science Education, Physics
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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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Dagher, Zoubeida R.; Erduran, Sibel – Science & Education, 2016
Two fundamental questions about science are relevant for science educators: (a) What is the nature of science? and (b) what aspects of nature of science should be taught and learned? They are fundamental because they pertain to how science gets to be framed as a school subject and determines what aspects of it are worthy of inclusion in school…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Principles, Scientific Attitudes, Science Curriculum
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Rosenhouse, Jason – Science & Education, 2016
The teaching of evolution in American high schools has long been a source of controversy. The past decade has seen an important shift in the rhetoric of anti-evolutionists, toward arguments of a strongly mathematical character. These mathematical arguments, while different in their specifics, follow the same general program and rely on the same…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High Schools
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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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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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Morante, Silvia; Rossi, Giancarlo – Science & Education, 2016
The purpose of this work is to reconsider and critically discuss the conceptual foundations of modern biology and bio-sciences in general, and provide an epistemological guideline to help framing the teaching of these disciplines and enhancing the quality of their presentation in High School, Master and Ph.D. courses. After discussing the…
Descriptors: Biology, Biological Sciences, Scientific Concepts, Guides
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Christidou, Vasilia; Bonoti, Fotini; Kontopoulou, Argiro – Science & Education, 2016
This study explores American and Greek primary pupils' visual images of scientists by means of two nonverbal data collection tasks to identify possible convergences and divergences. Specifically, it aims to investigate whether their images of scientists vary according to the data collection instrument used and to gender. To this end, 91…
Descriptors: Scientists, Stereotypes, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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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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Sánchez Gómez, Pedro J. – Science & Education, 2016
In this article, I study, from the point of view of the analytic philosophy of mind, the compatibility of students' ideas studies (SIS) with radical constructivism (RC). I demonstrate that RC is based on a psychology of "narrow mental states"; that is, the idea that the mental content of an individual can be fully characterised without…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Constructivism (Learning), Philosophy, Qualitative Research
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García-Carmona, Antonio; Acevedo Díaz, José Antonio – Science & Education, 2016
This article presents a study aiming at assessing the efficacy of reading newspaper articles with scientific content in order to incorporate nature of science (NOS) aspects in initial primary teacher education. To this aim, a short teaching intervention based on newspaper articles was planned and performed under regular class conditions. First,…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Newspapers, Journal Articles, Preservice Teacher Education
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Smith, Mike U.; Siegel, Harvey – Science & Education, 2016
The issue of the proper goals of science education and science teacher education have been a focus of the science education and philosophy of science communities in recent years. More particularly, the issue of whether belief/acceptance of evolution and/or understanding are the appropriate goals for evolution educators and the issue of the precise…
Descriptors: Science Education, Evolution, Science Teachers, Teacher Education
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Cheong, Yong Wook – Science & Education, 2016
An ontological causal relation is a quantified relation between certain interactions and changes in corresponding properties. Key ideas in physics, such as Newton's second law and the first law of thermodynamics, are representative examples of these relations. In connection with the teaching and learning of these relations, this study investigated…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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