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Department: Master of Education
Module Description: The aims of this module are to provide a discourse on major theories and issues on the history and the philosophy of science, develop an informed understanding of the nature of science, and connect discussion to science research and practice. The module provides opportunities to examine the historical and philosophical perspectives of science. It considers the nature of what science is, how it works, and its ethical and societal considerations. It will also critically study the parallel but separate development of science and technology, their differences and their connectedness. Classroom implications for teaching and learning implicit and explicit nature of science and its philosophy will be provided. The impact of each of these entities on society will be addressed where appropriate
- Abd-El-Khalick, F. & Lederman, N. (2000). Improving science teachers’ conceptions of science: a critical review of the literature. International Journal of Science Education, vol. 22, pp. 665-701.
- Ackerson, V., Hanson, D. & Cullen, T. (2007). The influence of guided inquiry and explicit instruction on K-6 teachers' views of nature of science. Journal of Science Teacher Education, vol. 18, pp. 751-772. Request this item
- Burr, J. & Goldinger, M. (2004). Philosophy and contemporary issues. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
- Forawi, S.A. (2003). Effects of contributing factors to students’ understanding of the nature of science. The Education Researcher Journal, vol. 18, pp. 15-31.
- Forawi, S. A. (2010a). Impact of teachers’ conceptions of science and use of textbooks on students. The International Journal of Learning, vol. 17(7), pp. 101-119. Request this item
- Forawi, S. A. (2010b). Investigating the relationship between the nature of science and guided inquiry instruction. Journal of Applied Research in Education, vol. 14(1), pp. 18-31.
- Laudan, L. (1977). Progress and its problems: towards a theory of scientific growth. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
- National Academy of Science. (1998). Teaching about evolution and the nature of science. Washington D.C.: National Academy Press.
- Silvers, R. (ed.). (1995). Hidden histories of science. New York: New York Review.