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WHAT DO SCIENTISTS KNOW ABOUT THE NATURE OF SCIENCE? A CASE STUDY OF NOVICE SCIENTISTS’ VIEWS OF NOS

  • Mehmet AydenizEmail author
  • Kader Bilican
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore 15 graduate research assistants’ understanding of the nature of science. Data were collected through administration of a modified version of the Views of Nature of Science Questionnaire (VNOS-C). The findings suggest that graduate research assistants held underdeveloped views related to several nature of science (NOS) aspects including the argumentative nature of science, the process of modeling in science, scientists’ treatment of unexpected results, collaborative nature of science, and the process of theory formation. The discussion focuses on the missing link in preparation of future scientists and offers suggestions to address the learning needs of graduate research assistants regarding their understanding of NOS.

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graduate science education nature of science novice scientists 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, Graduate School of EducationThe University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Elementary Science EducationMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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