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Kaya, Ebru; Erduran, Sibel – Science & Education, 2016
The inclusion of Nature of Science (NOS) in the science curriculum has been advocated around the world for several decades. One way of defining NOS is related to the family resemblance approach (FRA). The family resemblance idea was originally described by Wittgenstein. Subsequently, philosophers and educators have applied Wittgenstein's idea to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Genetics, Heredity, Science Curriculum
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Burgin, Stephen R.; Alonzo, Jenifer; Hill, Victoria J. – Science & Education, 2016
This article focuses on the impact of a professional play that we developed in order to introduce elementary learners of an urban school to the research of a scientist working at a local university. The play was written in a way that might increase student understandings of the nature of science, scientific inquiry, the identity of scientists, and…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Drama, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Boyer, Elisebeth – Science & Education, 2016
The research reported in this study examines the very first time the participants planned for and enacted science instruction within a "best-case scenario" teacher preparation program. Evidence from this study indicates that, within this context, preservice teachers are capable of implementing several of the discursive practices of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Planning
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Wan, Zhi Hong; Wong, Siu Ling – Science & Education, 2016
Although the goal of developing school students' understanding of nature of science (NOS) has long been advocated, there is still a lack of research that focuses on probing how science teachers, a kind of major stakeholder in NOS instruction, perceive the values of teaching NOS. Through semi-structured interviews, this study investigated the views…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Semi Structured Interviews, Secondary School Teachers
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Galili, Igal; Bar, Varda; Brosh, Yaffa – Science & Education, 2016
This study deals with the school instruction of the concept of weight. The historical review reveals the major steps in changing weight definition reflecting the epistemological changes in physics. The latest change drawing on the operation of "weighing" has been not widely copied into physics education. We compared the older instruction…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Physics, Teaching Methods
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Wilkenfeld, Daniel A.; Lombrozo, Tania – Science & Education, 2015
In pedagogical contexts and in everyday life, we often come to believe something because it would best explain the data. What is it about the explanatory endeavor that makes it essential to everyday learning and to scientific progress? There are at least two plausible answers. On one view, there is something special about having true…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Inferences, Epistemology
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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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Fouad, Khadija E.; Masters, Heidi; Akerson, Valarie L. – Science & Education, 2015
Science lessons using inquiry only or history of science with inquiry were used for explicit reflective nature of science (NOS) instruction for second-, third-, and fourth-grade students randomly assigned to receive one of the treatments. Students in both groups improved in their understanding of creative NOS, tentative NOS, empirical NOS, and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Bagdonas, Alexandre; Silva, Cibelle Celestino – Science & Education, 2015
Educators advocate that science education can help the development of more responsible worldviews when students learn not only scientific concepts, but also about science, or "nature of science". Cosmology can help the formation of worldviews because this topic is embedded in socio-cultural and religious issues. Indeed, during the Cold…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Religion, Science Education
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Richmond, Marsha L. – Science & Education, 2015
After the rediscovery of Mendel's laws of heredity in 1900, the biologists who began studying heredity, variation, and evolution using the new Mendelian methodology--performing controlled hybrid crosses and statistically analyzing progeny to note the factorial basis of characters--made great progress. By 1910, the validity of Mendelism was…
Descriptors: Females, Heredity, Genetics, Biology
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Stamhuis, Ida H. – Science & Education, 2015
Eleven years before the "rediscovery" in 1900 of Mendel's work, Hugo De Vries published his theory of heredity. He expected his theory to become a big success, but it was not well-received. To find supporting evidence for this theory De Vries started an extensive research program. Because of the parallels of his ideas with the…
Descriptors: Genetics, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles
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El-Hani, Charbel N. – Science & Education, 2015
School science descriptions about Mendel and his story are problematic because several statements that are controversial among historians of science are repeated over and over again as if they were established facts. Another problem is the neglect of other scientists working on inheritance in the second half of the nineteenth century, including…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Education History, Intellectual History, Publications
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Allen, Garland E. – Science & Education, 2015
Science textbooks and classes mostly emphasize what are considered by today's standards the "right" or "correct" interpretations of particular phenomena or processes. When "incorrect" ideas of the past are mentioned at all, it is simply to point out their errors, with little attention as to why the ideas were put…
Descriptors: Genetics, Evolution, Scientists, Scientific Methodology
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Gillham, Nicholas W. – Science & Education, 2015
Francis Galton, Charles Darwin's cousin, had wide and varied interests. They ranged from exploration and travel writing to fingerprinting and the weather. After reading Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," Galton reached the conclusion that it should be possible to improve the human stock through selective breeding, as was the…
Descriptors: Heredity, Genetics, Recognition (Achievement), Scientists
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Numbers, Ronald L. – Science & Education, 2015
In histories of twentieth-century Darwinism few developments loom larger than the turn-of-the-century rediscovery of Gregor Mendel's genetic research and the later application of Mendelian principles in constructing so-called Neo-Darwinism. Virtually unknown is the equally enthusiastic embrace of Mendel by antievolutionists, who as early as…
Descriptors: Creationism, Genetics, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Research
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