Advances in Nature of Science Research

Concepts and Methodologies

Editors: Khine, Myint Swe (Ed.)

  • State-of-the art theoretical understanding 
  • Science education perspectives 
  • Critical and specialised source in NOS studies 
  • Contemporary research approaches
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This book consolidates contemporary thinking and research efforts in teaching and learning about the nature of science in science education. The term ‘Nature of Science’ (NoS) has appeared in the science education literature for many decades. While there is still a controversy among science educators about what constitutes NoS, educators are unanimous in acknowledging the importance of this topic as well as the need to make it explicit in teaching science. The general consensus is that the nature of science is an intricate and multifaceted theme that requires continued scholarship. Recent analysis of research trends in science education indicates that investigation of the nature of science continues to be one of the most prevalent topics in academic publications.

Advances in Nature of Science Research explores teaching and assessing the nature of science as a means of addressing and solving problems in conceptual change, developing positive attitudes toward science, promoting thinking habits, advancing inquiry skills and preparing citizens literate in science and technology. The book brings together prominent scholars in the field to share their cutting-edge knowledge about the place of the nature of science in science teaching and learning contexts. The chapters explore theoretical frameworks, new directions and changing practices from intervention studies, discourse analyses, classroom-based investigations, anthropological observations, and design-based research.

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“Deftly written and timely.  Each chapter could stand alone as a significant contribution to the vibrant study of the Nature of Science.  As a collection, this book comprehensively presents the range of contemporary worldwide leading scholars’ thinking about NoS, which makes for riveting reading as they engage in intellectual discourse on a topic of high importance. Thoughtful, useful, provocative … a modern classic in research-based science education scholarship that challenges us to re-imagine our thinking about NoS .” (J. Randy McGinnis, President, National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST))

“In this book a combination of experienced and new nature of science (NoS) researchers share insights and recommendations for conceptualizing NoS research as well as defining new methods for conducting NoS research. This international volume promises to have a strong impact on the field and NoS research in science education throughout the world.” (Valarie L. Akerson, Professor of Science Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Changing the Focus: From Nature of Science (NOS) to Features of Science (FOS)

    Matthews, Michael R.

    Pages 3-26

  • Perceptual, Attentional, and Cognitive Heuristics That Interact with the Nature of Science to Complicate Public Understanding of Science

    Grotzer, Tina A. (et al.)

    Pages 27-49

  • The Natures of Scientific Thinking: Creativity as the Handmaiden to Logic in the Development of Public and Personal Knowledge

    Taber, Keith S.

    Pages 51-74

  • The Bounded Nature of Science: An Effective Tool in an Equitable Approach to the Teaching of Science

    Southerland, Sherry A. (et al.)

    Pages 75-96

  • Why the Study of Pseudoscience Should Be Included in Nature of Science Studies

    Good, Ronald

    Pages 97-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Advances in Nature of Science Research
Book Subtitle
Concepts and Methodologies
Editors
  • Myint Swe Khine
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2457-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2457-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2456-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9794-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 268
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