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ERIC Number: EJ897202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7267
A Third Use of Sociology of Scientific Knowledge: A Lens for Studying Teacher Practice
Meyer, Daniel Z.; Avery, Leanne M.
Studies in Science Education, v46 n2 p153-178 Sep 2010
Over the last two decades, science educators and science education researchers have grown increasingly interested in utilising insights from the sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK) to inform their work and research. To date, researchers in science education have focused on two applications: results of sociological studies of science have been used to define new areas of content, generally referred to as Nature of Science (NOS). This has included research into students' understanding of the NOS, teachers' understanding of the NOS, and inclusion (or exclusion) of NOS themes in curricula. A second vein of inquiry has been investigations that consider the classroom as a microcosm of scientific discourse and inquiry. Such research has included investigations of student-to-student and student-to-teacher interactions. In this paper, we present a third application for educational research--the investigation of teacher knowledge and practice as sociological phenomena. In addition to supporting scholarly research, we believe it can be a useful tool for illuminating the complexities of teaching that needs to be taken into account by policy makers and practitioners. In this paper, we provide a thematic review of concepts from the sociology of scientific knowledge, and their application to a case of teacher work. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
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