Complementary Approaches to Teaching Nature of Science: Integrating Student Inquiry, Historical Cases, and Contemporary Cases in Classroom Practice

Douglas Allchin, Hanne Møller Andersen, Keld Nielsen

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    Abstract

    Research has now demonstrated that students can learn nature of science concepts variously through student-led investigations, contemporary cases, and historical cases. Here we articulate more precisely the merits, deficits, and context of each approach and begin to profile how to integrate them as complementary methods. Emphasis now needs to shift to the needs of practicing teachers and the detailed strategies and modes of assessment that make each method effective and manageable in a classroom and institutional context.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)461-486
    Number of pages26
    JournalScience Education
    Volume98
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 2014

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