Science & Education

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 273–299

Epistemology, practical work and Academic skills in science education

  • Paul A. Kirschner

DOI: 10.1007/BF00430277

Cite this article as:
Kirschner, P.A. Sci Educ (1992) 1: 273. doi:10.1007/BF00430277


This article discusses the inherent flaws in considering and using the epistemology of the natural sciences as equivalent to a pedagogic basis for teaching and learning in the natural sciences. It begins with a discussion of the difference between practising science and learning to practice science. It follows with a discussion and refutation of three commonly held motives for using practicals in science education. It concludes with the presentation of three new, better motives for their use.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Kirschner
    • 1
  1. 1.Educational Technology Innovation CentreOpen University of the NetherlandsHeerlenThe Netherlands