The Nature of Science in Science Education: Rationales and by W.F. McComas

By W.F. McComas

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He further suggested that the societal attitudes toward science can be explained by the way that science has been communicated in schools. “The fact that science is viewed as a source of true, reliable, and dependable knowledge might be a consequence of it being taught that way” (Munby, 1976, p. 123). In a more recent study, Jacoby and Spargo, (1989) examined a total of sixteen physical science textbooks from Britain, the United States, and South Africa for their portrayal of the nature of science.

It may be much more important to give teachers new frameworks for understanding what to count as learning than it is to give them new activities or curricula. . [T]o summarize bluntly, given traditional notions of instruction, it may be impossible to implement successfully the approaches we have championed. Teachers translate the written curriculum into a form ready for classroom application and decide what, how and why to learn. As Eisner, (1985, p. ” In fact, curricula has been claimed to constitute only 5 percent of the variance in students’ learning (Welch, 1979), while science teachers’ beliefs, knowledge, and practices represent the bulk of what the science instructional experience is for students (Smith, 1980).

18) and the cultural argument that such understanding is necessary “in order to appreciate science as a major element of contemporary culture” (p. 19). The fourth rationale is moral, to understand the “. . norms of the scientific community, embodying moral commitments which are of general value,” (p. 19). Driver’s final justification for including the nature of science in science instruction is that it “supports successful learning of science content” (p. 20). Matthews, (1997) argues that questions regarding the nature of science are inherent in many education issues such as multicultural science, the evolution/ creation public education controversy, feminist critiques of modem science and their suggestions for science program reform, the place of religion in science education, environmentalism and new-age science, and the notion that learning science will result in an understanding of its nature while at the same time causing students to become more scientific in solving life’s problems.

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