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Enroll in this course - EDCI 7308: Topics in Science Education

Teaching the Nature of Science

Spring 2017 | Thursdays 4:30 pm – 7:20 pm
Taught by Dr. Angela W. Webb
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In the course, you will focus on the nature of science in science education by critically examining literature on the history, philosophy, and sociology of science as well as science education research related to teaching the nature of science. Through student-centered collaborative inquiry, we will explore aspects of the nature of science, including what is meant by “nature of science,” how the nature of science is evident in the real world, and the implications of the nature of science in science education. 
 
There are two primary goals for this course: 

1.     Construct an understanding of the nature of science, drawing on literature from the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. “Nature of science” is a broad term related to the problems, purposes, and practices of science. Having an understanding of the nature of science means that students will have reasoned responses to the following questions that they may have never considered before:

  • What is science?
  • What characteristics distinguish science from other ways of knowing?
  • What kinds of questions can science answer? What kinds of questions can science not answer?
  • How does history help us understand how science works?
  • What are the differences and relationships between observations, facts, hypotheses, laws, and theories? Why should we care?
  • Can observation be objective?
  • How does scientific knowledge get produced? 
  • How do science and society interact?
  • Is knowledge ultimately socially constructed and relative?
     

2.     Apply knowledge of the nature of science to science instruction and science education research. This means that students will have reasoned responses to the following questions:

  • Why should people learn about the nature of science?
  • What do the Next Generation Science Standards say about the nature of science and scientific inquiry?
  • What can we do to help K-12 students learn about the nature of science and scientific inquiry?
  • How has science studies changed the way researchers in science education go about their work?
     

Questions? Email Dr. Webb at awwebb@lsu.edu

 

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