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Nature of Science in Science Instruction

Rationales and Strategies

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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

Part of the book series: Science: Philosophy, History and Education (SPHE)

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Table of contents (39 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Nature of Science in Science Teaching and Learning: Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
  3. Nature of Science Instruction: Foundation Knowledge for Nature of Science Instruction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 113-113
    2. Beyond Experiments: Considering the Range of Investigative and Data-Collection Methods in Science

      • Sandra Sturdivant West, Susan Schwinning, Alexis D. Denn
      Pages 115-125
    3. Distinguishing Science, Engineering, and Technology

      • Gerald Rau, Allison Antink-Meyer
      Pages 159-176
  4. Teaching About Nature of Science: Generalized Instructional Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 177-177
    2. The Use of Metacognitive Prompts to Foster Nature of Science Learning

      • Erin E. Peters-Burton, Stephen R. Burton
      Pages 179-197
    3. The Nature of Science Card Exchange: Introducing the Philosophy of Science

      • William W. Cobern, Cathleen Loving
      Pages 213-222
    4. Reflecting on Nature of Science Through Philosophical Dialogue

      • Lynda Dunlop, Jelle de Schrijver
      Pages 223-237
    5. Preparing Science Teachers to Overcome Common Obstacles and Teach Nature of Science

      • Michael P. Clough, Benjamin C. Herman, Joanne K. Olson
      Pages 239-251
    6. Perspectives for Teaching About How Science Works

      • Fred Janssen, Hanna Westbroek, Ilse Landa, Britt van der Ploeg, Jacqueline Muijlwijk-Koezen
      Pages 253-269
    7. Framing and Teaching Nature of Science as Questions

      • Michael P. Clough
      Pages 271-282

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 from the science education community 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 character, 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 book concludes with an extensive set of recommendations and strategies for teaching aspects of NOS applicable in diverse instructional environments.

Keywords

  • philosophy of science
  • science curriculum
  • teacher education
  • instructional strategies
  • science teaching
  • NOS
  • Nature of Science
  • science classroom
  • history of science
  • science instruction
  • Science Teacher Education
  • Philosophy of Science
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Science Learning

Editors and Affiliations

  • College of Education & Health Professions, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA

    William McComas

About the editor

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.

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

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57239-6

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-57238-9

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-57241-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-57239-6

  • Series ISSN: 2520-8594

  • Series E-ISSN: 2520-8608

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 748

  • Number of Illustrations: 71 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Science Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Philosophy of Science, Education

Buying options

eBook USD 149.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-57239-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)