Research in Science Education

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 1107–1113 | Cite as

Towards an Understanding of Epistemic Insight: the Nature of Science in Real World Contexts and a Multidisciplinary Arena. [Editorial]

  • Berry Billingsley
  • Sharon FraserEmail author
Our understanding of the nature of knowledge both within science and across disciplines continues to be of interest to the academic community. Research into the nature of science is plentiful, particularly in relation to views held by students (e.g. Deng et al. 2011) even though universal agreement amongst scholars about the nature of science has yet or may never be achieved (Lederman 2007). While scholars may not agree on every detail regarding the specifics of the nature of science, science educators use the phrase to:

describe the intersection of issues addressed by the philosophy, history, sociology, and psychology of science as they apply to and potentially impact science teaching and learning. As such, the nature of science is a fundamental domain for guiding science educators in accurately portraying science to students (McComas et al. 1998, p.5).

Science teachers, therefore, are required to understand how science knowledge is created and how to engage their learners...


Epistemic insight Teacher knowledge Multidisciplinary perspectives Big questions Nature of science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Christ Church CanterburyCanterburyUK
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUniversity of TasmaniaLauncestonAustralia

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