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Can Learning about History of Science and Nature of Science in a Student-Centred Classroom Change Science Students’ Conception of Science?

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Can Learning about History of Science and Nature of Science in a Student-Centred Classroom Change Science Students’ Conception of Science?

Khazaei, Fereshte Heidari, Roucau, Baptiste and Kalman, Calvin S. (2018) Can Learning about History of Science and Nature of Science in a Student-Centred Classroom Change Science Students’ Conception of Science? Creative Education, 09 (15). pp. 2561-2591. ISSN 2151-4755

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ce.2018.915194

Abstract

Nature of Science (NOS) covers the aim, development, criticism and explanation of science. This study examines the impact that studying philosophy and history of science has on undergraduate students’ views about the NOS. Studying the NOS helps students to understand what science is, how to characterize the nature of its practitioners’ activities, and what is the significance of the whole enterprise. It is shown that having students study scientific concepts through the eyes of philosophers and historical scientists, actively engages them in the process of inquiry and challenges them to increase their understanding of the NOS. This study showed that studying philosophy and history of science in a student-centered classroom had a strong influence on students’ views about the NOS in that many students changed their views about the NOS. Students who did not change their over-all perception gave much clearer expositions of their views.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Physics
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Khazaei, Fereshte Heidari and Roucau, Baptiste and Kalman, Calvin S.
Journal or Publication:Creative Education
Date:2018
Funders:
  • Concordia Open Access Author Fund
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.4236/ce.2018.915194
Keywords:Nature of Science, History of Science, Philosophy of Science, Reflective Writing, Course Dossier
ID Code:984718
Deposited By: KRISTA ALEXANDER
Deposited On:30 Nov 2018 20:13
Last Modified:30 Nov 2018 20:13

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