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Resnik, David B. – Science & Education, 2005
This article examines the legal and moral basis of affirmative action in science and engineering, in light of recent legal rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. It argues that affirmative action programs can be morally and legally justified on the grounds that they enhance educational experiences and promote creativity, productivity, and success in…
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Racial Factors, Gender Differences, Affirmative Action
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Khait, Alexander – Science & Education, 2005
There is a strange fact that many works written with the purpose to explain what is mathematics, somehow avoid the issue. This paper is aimed at filling this gap. After discussing various descriptions of mathematics as they appear in literature, it is suggested that mathematics is an essentially linguistic activity characterized by association of…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, History
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Howe, Eric Michael; Rudge, David Wyss – Science & Education, 2005
This paper provides an argument in favor of a specific pedagogical method of using the history of science to help students develop more informed views about nature of science (NOS) issues. The paper describes a series of lesson plans devoted to encouraging students to engage, "unbeknownst to them", in similar reasoning that led…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Scientific Principles, Diseases, Interviews
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Koliopoulos, Dimitris; Constantinou, Costas – Science & Education, 2005
When we refer to scientific knowledge, we, implicitly or explicitly, refer to its three components, namely its conceptual framework, its methodological principles and its cultural aspects. The pendulum is a topic of science teaching and learning where all three of these aspects can be examined with the aim of gaining a holistic appreciation of the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Textbooks, Physical Sciences, Foreign Countries
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Fawkes, Don; O'meara, Bill; Weber, Dave; Flage, Dan – Science & Education, 2005
This paper examines the content of The California Critical Thinking Skills Test (1990). This report is not a statistical review. Instead it brings under scrutiny the content of the exam. This content will be of interest to the general reader, because the issues range from logic to ethics to pedagogy, and to questions of evidential and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Test Content, Testing Problems
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Stafford, Erin – Science & Education, 2004
Inhelder and Piaget (1958) studied schoolchildren's understanding of a simple pendulum as a means of investigating the development of the control of variables scheme and the "ceteris paribus" principle central to scientific experimentation.The time-consuming nature of the individual interview technique used by Inhelder has led to the development…
Descriptors: Group Testing, Measurement Techniques, Laboratory Equipment, Individual Differences
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Davson-Galle, Peter – Science & Education, 2004
The following paper is intended as an exercise in "friendly criticism" of one of Harvey Siegel's and Mike Smith's ("Knowing, Believing and Understanding", this volume). I'm in substantial sympathy with the general thrust of their paper and my remarks merely provide some criticism of their discussion's conceptual coherence and clarity and a…
Descriptors: Criticism, Science Teachers, Comprehension, Science Education
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Whitaker, Robert J. – Science & Education, 2004
Pendulums which swing in two dimensions simultaneously and are designed to leave a record of their motion are termed "harmonographs". The curves which they draw are known, alternatively, as "Bowditch curves" or "Lissajous curves". A variety of designs of harmonographs have been invented over the years. These may be a "Y-suspended" "simple"…
Descriptors: Motion, Mechanics (Physics), Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Barnes, Marianne B.; Garner, James; Reid, David – Science & Education, 2004
In this article we use the pendulum as the vehicle for discussing the transition from classical to quantum physics. Since student knowledge of the classical pendulum can be generalized to all harmonic oscillators, we propose that a quantum analysis of the pendulum can lead students into the unanticipated consequences of quantum phenomena at the…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Quantum Mechanics, Mechanics (Physics), Science Instruction
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Ezrailson, Cathy Mariotti; Allen, G. Donald; Loving, Cathleen C. – Science & Education, 2004
A pendulum "engine" with dynamic parameters can be created and pendulum functions manipulated and analyzed using interactive elements in Flash. The effects of changing the damping (convergence) properties, initial release angle and initial velocity conditions can be explored. The motions then can be digitized using the Flash Digitizer 1.1,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Internet, Motion, Educational Technology
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Manabu, Sumida – Science & Education, 2004
This paper describes life-span development of understanding about pendulum motion and effects of school science. The subjects were 2,766 people ranging from kindergartners up to 88 years senior citizens. The conflict and consensus between children and their parent's understanding of pendulum motion were also analyzed. The kindergartner's…
Descriptors: Physics, Motion, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction
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Davson-Galle, Peter – Science & Education, 2004
In this article I explore a case for the inclusion of some aspects of critical thinking and of philosophy of science within science education that appeals to two commonly accepted aims of science education. Although motivated by reading Harvey Siegel's "Educating Reason" (1988), and emerging from his discussion there, the aspects I explore go…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Science Education, Role of Education, Science Instruction
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Smith, Mike U.; Siegel, Harvey – Science & Education, 2004
What is a teacher to do when confronted with a student who says "I understand that theory (e.g., evolution), but I don't believe it"? The purpose of this article is to provide a rationale for answering this question. First we describe the various ways in which the terms "know/knowledge" and "believe/belief" are used and summarize the distinctions…
Descriptors: Science Education, Definitions, Student Attitudes, Educational Objectives
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Roscoe, Keith – Science & Education, 2004
Recent research literature in science education, science curriculum documents, and science methods texts have been highly influenced by constructivist views of how students learn science. But the widespread and often uncritical acceptance of constructivism in science education does not reflect the heated debate between constructivists and…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Science Teachers, Sensory Experience, Science Education
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Matthews, Michael R.; Gauld, Colin; Stinner, Arthur – Science & Education, 2004
The study and utilisation of pendulum motion has had immense scientific, cultural, horological, philosophical, and educational impact. The International Pendulum Project (IPP) is a collaborative research effort examining this impact, and demonstrating how historical studies of pendulum motion can assist teachers to improve science education by…
Descriptors: Motion, Scientific Literacy, Teachers, Science Education
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