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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 ...

Word usage misconceptions among first-year university physics students
G. Jacobs
This study compared students' perceived understanding of commonplace physics terminology with their actual understanding of it. First-year university physics students were presented with a list of ...

Nature of Science: Past, Present, and Future
N. G. Lederman
This is a chapter in a book about K-12 science education and science teacher education. Lederman addresses the assessment of student and teacher understanding of the nature of science (NOS). He ...

Preparing Students for Competent Scientific Practice: Implications of Recent Research in Science and Technology Studies
M. K. McGinn
Current empirical research in science and technology studies provides new and different views of science and scientists that contrast markedly with the mythical views that underlie many curricular ...

Undergraduate Science Students' Images of Science
J. Ryder
This article describes views about the nature of science held by a small sample of science students in their final year at the university. In a longitudinal interview study, 11 students were asked ...

The Importance of Understanding the Nature of Science for Accepting Evolution
T. Lombrozo, A. Thanukos, M. Weisberg
Many students reject evolutionary theory, whether or not they adequately understand basic evolutionary concepts. We explore the hypothesis that accepting evolution is related to understanding the ...

Understanding Models in Earth and Space Science
Stephen W. Gilbert, Shirley Watt Ireton
Whether your lessons concern molecules or Mars, Understanding Models in Earth and Space Science offers practical guidance. It’s designed to help you understand the full range of models ...

How some college students represent their understandings of the nature of scientific theories
Zoubeida R. Dagher, Harry Shipman, William J. Letts
This study explores college students' representations about the nature of theories during their enrollment in a large astronomy course with instruction designed to address a number of nature of ...

Language use reflects scientific methodology: A corpus-based study of peer-reviewed journal articles
S. Argamon
The authors present a detailed linguistic analysis of scientific publications supporting that the differences in methodologies between experimental and historical sciences will be reflected in the ...

Tracking the Footprints Puzzle: The problematic persistence of science-as-process in teaching the nature and culture of science
C. R. Ault, J. Dodick
The authors emphasize that the story is what drives science, rather than the process, and include a thorough summary of the literature that seeks (and fails) to find the unifying themes of science. ...


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