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Student Conceptions of the Nature of Science

Abstract ABSTRACT Research has shown that students from elementary school to college have major misconceptions about the nature of science. While an appropriate understanding of the nature of science has been an objective of science education for a century, researchers using a variety of instruments, continue to document students' inadequate conceptions of what science is and how it operates as an enterprise. Current research involves methods to improve student understanding of the nature of science. Students often misunderstand the creative, subjective, empirical, and tentative nature of science. They do not realize the relationship between laws and theories, nor do they understand that science does not follow a prescribed method. Many do not a... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Talbot, Amanda Leah (Author) / Luft, Julie (Advisor) / Baker, Dale (Committee member) / Brem, Sarah (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational Psychology / anatomy / high school / Nature of Science
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 97 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Curriculum and Instruction 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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