From 'Science in the Making' to Understanding the Nature of Science: An Overview for Science Educators

1st Edition

Mansoor Niaz

Routledge
Published December 14, 2011
Reference - 252 Pages
ISBN 9780415807586 - CAT# Y126780

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Summary

 The Nature of Science is highly topical among science teacher educators and researchers. Increasingly, it is a mandated topic in state curriculum documents. This book draws together recent research on Nature of Science studies within a historical and philosophical framework suitable for students and teacher educators. Traditional science curricula and textbooks present science as a finished product.  Taking a different approach, this book provides a glimpse of “science in the making” — scientific practice imbued with arguments, controversies, and competition among rival theories and explanations. Teaching about “science in the making” is a rich source of motivating students to engage creatively with the science curriculum.
Readers are introduced to “science in the making” through discussion and analysis of a wide range of historical episodes from the early 19th century to early 21st century. Recent cutting-edge research is presented to provide insight into the dynamics of scientific progress. More than 90 studies from major science education journals, related to nature of science are reviewed.  A theoretical framework, field tested with in-service science teachers, is developed for moving from ‘science in the making’ to understanding  the Nature of Science.

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