Teaching the nature of science through practical problem solving in daily-life contexts

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Abstract

Teaching ideas about the nature of science is increasingly emphasisd in school science curricula as part of the reform movement towards scientific literacy. The research literature has argued for the use of a more explicit approach in teaching this aspect of science. This article introduces practical problem solving as an alternative to conventional strategies, such as case studies of scientific discoveries, in teaching the nature of science. Four activities are described. These activities allow learners to reflect on core nature of science ideas by undertaking scientific enquiry in practical contexts. The results indicate that teaching and learning the philosophical aspects of science can be fun and easier to manage than many teachers envisage. Copyright © 2007 Association for Science Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-105
JournalSchool Science Review
Volume88
Issue number324
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

Citation

Lee, Y. C. (2007). Teaching the nature of science through practical problem solving in daily-life contexts. School Science Review, 88(324), 97-105.

Keywords

  • Secondary Education
  • Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning

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