Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education

Evolving Nature of Objectivity in the History of Science and its Implications for Science Education

Authors: Niaz, Mansoor

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  • Shows how transgression of objectivity helps to understand how scientific progress is at a crossroads
  • Accounts how the science education community conceptualizes objectivity
  • Explores how objectivity as a universal value may be challenged while studying controversies in science
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This book explores the evolving nature of objectivity in the history of science and its implications for science education. It is generally considered that objectivity, certainty, truth, universality, the scientific method and the accumulation of experimental data characterize both science and science education. Such universal values associated with science may be challenged while studying controversies in their original historical context. The scientific enterprise is not characterized by objectivity or the scientific method, but rather controversies, alternative interpretations of data, ambiguity, and uncertainty. Although objectivity is not synonymous with truth or certainty, it has eclipsed other epistemic virtues and to be objective is often used as a synonym for scientific. 

Recent scholarship in history and philosophy of science has shown that it is not the experimental data (Baconian orgy of quantification) but rather the diversity / plurality in a scientific discipline that contributes toward understanding objectivity. History of science shows that objectivity and subjectivity can be considered as the two poles of a continuum and this dualism leads to a conflict in understanding the evolving nature of objectivity.

The history of objectivity is nothing less than the history of science itself and the evolving and varying forms of objectivity does not mean that one replaced the other in a sequence but rather each form supplements the others.

This book is remarkable for its insistence that the philosophy of science, and in particular that discipline’s analysis of objectivity as the supposed hallmark of the scientific method, is of direct value to teachers of science. Meticulously, yet in a most readable way, Mansoor Niaz looks at the way objectivity has been dealt with over the years in influential educational journals and in textbooks; it’s fascinating how certain perspectives fade, while basic questions show no sign of going away. There are few books that take both philosophy and education seriously – this one does!

Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University, chemist, writer and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Understanding Objectivity within a Historical Perspective

    Niaz, Prof. Mansoor

    Pages 1-22

  • Objectivity in the Making

    Niaz, Prof. Mansoor

    Pages 23-36

  • Understanding Objectivity in Research Reported in the Journal Science & Education (Springer)

    Niaz, Prof. Mansoor

    Pages 37-77

  • Understanding Objectivity in Research Reported in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Wiley-Blackwell)

    Niaz, Prof. Mansoor

    Pages 79-123

  • Understanding Objectivity in Research Reported in Reference Works

    Niaz, Prof. Mansoor

    Pages 125-143

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  • Due: December 18, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-88476-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolving Nature of Objectivity in the History of Science and its Implications for Science Education
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education
Series Volume
46
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-67726-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-67726-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-67725-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88476-9
Series ISSN
1878-0482
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 237
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