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Science Professors' Understanding and Use of Nature of Science

How scientists view science and nature of science and how they teach it in their classrooms?

von Karakas, Mehmet   (Autor)

The study examined how science faculty who teach introductory science courses including the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science, understand and define science and nature of science (NOS), how these instructors teach the aspects of NOS to their students, and the rationales they provide for their teaching practices. Participants were seventeen science instructors from five different institutions in the northeastern U.S. Participants were interviewed and four of them were further observed in their settings. Consistent with previous research, the findings revealed that the participants held sophisticated and complex conceptions of NOS. In some instances their views were in line with the views promoted by science philosophers, and in other instances their views were more mixed and naive. Results suggest reducing the size of classes to allow for more meaningful instruction. The examples, quotations, and results from this study may be useful for teacher educators and sciene faculty. However, the intent of this research is not to provide generalizations to all scientists who teach introductory science. Such claims would extend beyond the scope of the research design.

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The study examined how science faculty who teach introductory science courses including the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science, understand and define science and nature of science (NOS), how these instructors teach the aspects of NOS to their students, and the rationales they provide for their teaching practices. Participants were seventeen science instructors from five different institutions in the northeastern U.S. Participants were interviewed and four of them were further observed in their settings. Consistent with previous research, the findings revealed that the participants held sophisticated and complex conceptions of NOS. In some instances their views were in line with the views promoted by science philosophers, and in other instances their views were more mixed and naive. Results suggest reducing the size of classes to allow for more meaningful instruction. The examples, quotations, and results from this study may be useful for teacher educators and sciene faculty. However, the intent of this research is not to provide generalizations to all scientists who teach introductory science. Such claims would extend beyond the scope of the research design. 

Autoreninfo

Mehmet Karakas, PhD: Studied Science Education at Syracuse University, New York. Has BcS in Chemistry Education from Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey. Taught elementary and middle school students during 1996-1999 in Turkey. Assistant Professor of Science Teaching at Artvin Coruh University, Artvin, Turkey. 

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Medium: Buch
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Seiten: 172
Sprache: Englisch
Erschienen: Dezember 2012
Maße: 220 x 150 mm
Gewicht: 274 g
ISBN-10: 3836494485
ISBN-13: 9783836494489

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