Perspectives for Teaching About How Science Works

Fred Janssen*, Hanna Westbroek, Ilse Landa, Britt van der Ploeg, Jacqueline Muijlwijk-Koezen

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An integrative, perspective-directed, and practical approach to teaching the nature of science is elaborated in this contribution. The approach is integrative in the sense that students reflect on general and domain-specific aspects of knowledge development. In order to do this, students contribute to knowledge development using domain-specific perspectives that guide them in formulating questions as well as answers and criteria to assess those answers. The approach is practical in the sense that three heuristics were developed that offer teachers practical design support for redesigning their regular lessons into integrative, perspective-based lessons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNature of Science in Science Instruction
Subtitle of host publicationRationales and Strategies
EditorsWilliam McComas
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030572396
ISBN (Print)9783030572389, 9783030572419
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameScience: Philosophy, History and Education
ISSN (Print)2520-8594
ISSN (Electronic)2520-8608

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