Young People's Images of Science

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Overview

What ideas about science do school students form as a result of their experiences in and out of school? How might science teaching in schools develop a more scientifically-literate society? How do school students understand disputes about scientific issues including those which have social significance, such as the irradiation of food? There have been calls in the UK and elsewhere for a greater public understanding of science underpinned by, amongst other things, school science education. However, the relationship between school science, scientific literacy and the public understanding of science remains controversial. In this book, the authors argue that an understanding of science goes beyond learning the facts, laws and theories of science and that it involves understanding the nature of scientific knowledge itself and the relationships between science and society. Results of a major study into the understanding of these issues by school students aged 9 to 16 are described. These results suggest that the success of the school science curriculum in promoting this kind of understanding is at best limited. The book concludes by discussing ways in which the school science curriculum could be adapted to better equip students as future citizens in our modern scientific and technological society. It will be particularly relevant to science teachers, advisers and inspectors, teacher educators and curriculum planners.
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Drawing on interviews with 50 ordained and seminary-trained women, Schmidt reveals the bureaucratic and cultural impediments to women clergy in the Episcopal, United Methodist, Evangelical Lutheran, Southern Baptist, and Roman Catholic denominations. Through the women's stories the reader is guided through the maze of official church policy to the realities behind church hierarchies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335193813
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Conventions used for presenting extracts from interview transcripts
1 Introduction 1
2 Why does understanding of the nature of science matter? 8
3 Perspectives on the nature of science 24
4 What do we already know about students' understanding of the nature of science? 45
5 Investigating students' ideas about the nature of science 59
6 Students' characterizations of the purposes of scientific work 72
7 Students' views of the nature and status of scientific knowledge 85
8 A framework for characterizing features of students' epistemological reasoning in science 112
9 Students' views of science as a social enterprise 118
10 Young people's images of the nature of science: implications for science education 136
References 151
Appendix 1: Notes on the statistical test used 159
Appendix 2: Interview protocol for the probe Theory Stories 161
Appendix 3: List of working papers 165
Index 167
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