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NSTA Position Statement: The Nature of Science

The NSTA Nature of Science position statement aims to create a common, accurate view of the nature and process of science.

Learning in the Field: Synthesis of research on thinking and learning in the geosciences
David W. Mogk and Charles Goodwin
This paper begins by addressing practical wisdom that has been drawn from anecdotal reports of learning in the field contributed by geoscience faculty. It then outlines the following attributes of ...

Criteria of Excellence for Geological Inquiry: The Necessity of Ambiguity
Charles R. Jr. Ault
Reports on the application of Gowin's epistemology to examples from geological inquiry which yield criteria of excellence specific to the demands characteristic of geological problems. Supporting ...

Methodological and Epistemic Differences between Historical Science and Experimental Science
Carol E. Cleland
This paper rejects the claim that historical research is epistemically inferior. It argues that scientists engage in two very different patterns of evidential reasoning and, although there is ...

Historical science, experimental science, and the scientific method
Carol E. Cleland
This article argues that the claim that historical science is methodologically inferior to experimental science cannot be sustained. The implication for learning and education is that instruction in ...

Talking Science: Language, Learning, and Values
Jay Lemke
(from the publisher) Talking Science discusses the role of language in teaching and in communication of scientific and technical subjects. It identifies and analyzes the many strategies teachers and ...

A Model for the Development and Implementation of Field Trips as an Integral Part of the Science Curriculum
Nir Orion
In this paper, Orion summarizes what we know from the literature about designing effective field trips for high school students, including the challenges and barriers to success. The model he ...

Multiple Modes of Inquiry in Earth Science
Kim A. Kastens, Ann Rivet
This article is from The Science Teacher, an NSTA publication geared towards high school science teachers. It is very useful for students in a secondary science teaching major to read, and can help ...

On the persistence of unicorns: The tradeoff between content and critical thinking revisited
Craig E. Nelson
This is a follow-up to Craig Nelson's earlier piece ('Skewered on the unicorn's horn,' published in 1989) that describes how to deal with the perceived trade-off in courses between emphasizing ...

Communicating Rocks: Writing, Speaking, and Thinking About Geology
Peter Copeland
This is a student-oriented, thin textbook for written and oral communication in the geosciences. It includes a good 'problem words and concepts'; section that is highly specific to geoscience ...

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