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The nature of science

Reiss, Michael (2015) The nature of science. In: Learning to Teach Science in the Secondary School. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 66-76. ISBN 9780425826433

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Abstract

In the UK, most university students who study science are taught little explicitly about the nature of science. And yet the science National Curriculum in England requires pupils to be taught about ‘working scientifically’. Perhaps unsurprisingly, research evidence suggests that most pupils leave school with a somewhat partial knowledge of this area of science. This unit explains what is meant by the terms ‘working scientifically’ and ‘the nature of science’. It looks at whether science always proceeds by the objective and rigorous testing of hypotheses, or whether there are other factors at play in deciding whether one scientific view comes to hold sway within the scientific community over alternatives.

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Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 08:08
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