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Science Education and Philosophy of Science

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick
http://education.illinois.edu/frp/a/fouad
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Summary


The course surveys issues in philosophy of science that are central to science education through an exploration of the works of twentieth century philosophers of science who were most influential in shaping thinking about science in the science education community. Relevant readings from science and history of science are also explored. The course aims to help participants develop informed and critical views of nature of science and its implications for science teaching and learning.

Course Size:
15-30

Course Format:
Small-group seminar

Course Context:

Course participants often include doctoral and masters students in science education as well as post-baccalaureate secondary science teachers completing a masters degree along with their certification.

Course Goals:

The course aims to help participants develop informed and critical views of nature of science and its implications for science teaching and learning.

Course Features:

Teaching the Process of Science

The course's focus is epistemological in nature: It addresses epistemic issues underlying the processes of science. For example, rather than simply focus on the practice of double-blind experiments, students develop an understanding of the epistemological underpinnings of this practice including the theory-laden nature of observation.

Assessment:

Reflection papers and a final course paper.

Syllabus:

Course readings and resources (Microsoft Word 43kB Jun6 09)

Teaching Materials:



References and Notes:

See attached list of texts, readings, and resources




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