Science: Philosophy, History and Education

Nature of Science in Science Instruction

Rationales and Strategies

Editors: McComas, William (Ed.)

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  • Is the most complete and accessible one-source work available on nature of science instruction
  • Combines scholarly background with rationales to inform and update readers
  • Is designed for all of those involved in science teaching
  • Suggests ways to communicate nature of science content to various audiences
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About this book

This book offers a comprehensive introduction to Nature of Science (NOS), one of the most important aspects of science teaching and learning, and includes tested strategies for teaching aspects of the NOS in a variety of instructional settings. In line with the recommendations in the field to include NOS in all plans for science instruction, the book provides an accessible resource of background information on NOS, rationales for teaching these targeted NOS aspects, and – most importantly – how to teach about the nature of science in specific instructional contexts. The first section examines the why and what of NOS, its nature, and what research says about how to teach NOS in science settings. The second section focuses on extending knowledge about NOS to question of scientific method, theory-laden observation, the role of experiments and observations and distinctions between science, engineering and technology. The dominant theme of the remainder of the book is a focus on teaching aspects of NOS applicable to a wide variety of instructional environments.

About the authors

William F. McComas is a Distinguished Professor and the inaugural holder of the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education at the University of Arkansas. He is editor of The Language of Science Education and co-author of a new account of The Scopes Monkey Trial.McComas was a Fulbright Fellow at Dublin City University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and currently serves as the Editor of the American Biology Teacher. He is the recipient of accolades such as the ASTA Outstanding Mentor and Outstanding Science Teacher Educator awards, and the Ohaus Award for innovations in college science teaching.  Bill is particularly proud of the students whose dissertations he chaired, 15 of whom are now professors of science education.

Table of contents (39 chapters)

Table of contents (39 chapters)
  • Nature of Science in Science Instruction: Meaning, Advocacy, Rationales, and Recommendations

    Pages 3-22

    McComas, William F. (et al.)

  • Considering a Consensus View of Nature of Science Content for School Science Purposes

    Pages 23-34

    McComas, William F.

  • Principal Elements of Nature of Science: Informing Science Teaching while Dispelling the Myths

    Pages 35-65

    McComas, William F.

  • Nature of Science and Classroom Practice: A Review of the Literature with Implications for Effective NOS Instruction

    Pages 67-111

    McComas, William F. (et al.)

  • Beyond Experiments: Considering the Range of Investigative and Data-Collection Methods in Science

    Pages 115-125

    West, Sandra Sturdivant (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nature of Science in Science Instruction
Book Subtitle
Rationales and Strategies
Editors
  • William McComas
Series Title
Science: Philosophy, History and Education
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-57239-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-57239-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-57238-9
Series ISSN
2520-8594
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 748
Number of Illustrations
71 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
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