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Reconceptualizing the Nature of Science for Science Education

Scientific Knowledge, Practices and Other Family Categories

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Overview

  • Introduces an innovative approach to nature of science (NOS) in science education
  • Synthesizes perspectives from the fields of philosophy of science, and science education
  • Give a holistic representation of NOS
  • Provides visual tools to support the teaching and learning of NOS
  • Discusses practical implications of the Family Resemblance Approach to NOS for science education
  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education (CTISE, volume 43)

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Prompted by the ongoing debate among science educators over ‘nature of science’, and its importance in school and university curricula, this book is a clarion call for a broad re-conceptualizing of nature of science in science education. The authors draw on the ‘family resemblance’ approach popularized by Wittgenstein, defining science as a cognitive-epistemic and social-institutional system whose heterogeneous characteristics and influences should be more thoroughly reflected in science education. They seek wherever possible to clarify their developing thesis with visual tools that illustrate how their ideas can be practically applied in science education.
The volume’s holistic representation of science, which includes the aims and values, knowledge, practices, techniques, and methodological rules (as well as science’s social and institutional contexts), mirrors its core aim to synthesize perspectives from the fields of philosophy of science and science education. The authorsbelieve that this more integrated conception of nature of science in science education is both innovative and beneficial. They discuss in detail the implications for curriculum content, pedagogy, and learning outcomes, deploy numerous real-life examples, and detail the links between their ideas and curriculum policy more generally.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

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“This 8-chapter, 190-page, extensively documented Reconceptualizing book is a welcome addition to the field of Nature of Science (NOS) research in science education. … The authors of Reconceptualizing provide rich, detailed and practical evaluation of research literature across the whole NOS spectrum, and well work out their own elaboration of the FRA … . In summary, an excellent and richly documented book that will progress NOS research in science education.” (Michael R. Matthews, Studies in Science Education, Vol. 53 (1), November, 2017)

“Teacher educators would find the book useful, both for introducing theoretical aspects of NOS in their courses and for the cases and examples included in it. In particular, the generative images have potential to be worthwhile tools in weaving NOS in science education.” (María Pilar Jiménez-Aleixandre, Science and Education,Vol. 24, 2015)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Education and Professional Studies, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

    Sibel Erduran

  • School of Education, University of Delaware, Newark, USA

    Zoubeida R. Dagher

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Reconceptualizing the Nature of Science for Science Education

  • Book Subtitle: Scientific Knowledge, Practices and Other Family Categories

  • Authors: Sibel Erduran, Zoubeida R. Dagher

  • Series Title: Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9057-4

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Netherlands 2014

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-017-9056-7Published: 02 September 2014

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-024-0539-2Published: 10 September 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-017-9057-4Published: 20 August 2014

  • Series ISSN: 1878-0482

  • Series E-ISSN: 1878-0784

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 189

  • Number of Illustrations: 25 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Science Education, Philosophy of Science, Learning & Instruction

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