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Nature of Science Reference List

Compiled by Sandra Rutherford, Eastern Michigan University
This collection of references provides extensive background reading on the Nature of Science and how to faculty can communicate about it.

Ben-Ari, M., 2005, Just a Theory; Exploring the Nature of Science: New York, Prometheus Books, 237 p.

Carroll, R.T., 1999, Dowsing for Dollars: Fighting High-Tech Promises with Low-Tech Critical Thinking Skills

Colburn, A., 2004, Focusing Labs on the Nature of Science: The Science Teacher, v.71, p. 32-35.

Chiappetta, E.L., and Koballa, T.R., Jr. 2004, Quizzing Students on the Myths of Science: The Science Teacher, v. 71, p. 58-61.
This paper has a nice "Myths of Science" quiz that I gave to my college class as a pre and post test.

Chowning, J.T., 2005, How to have a Successful Science and Ethics Discussion: The Science Teacher, v. 72, p. 46-50.

Clough, M.P., and Olson, J.K., 2004, The Nature of Science, Always Part of the Science Story: The Science Teacher, v. 71, p. 28-31.

Crowther, D.T., Lederman, N.G. and Lederman, J.S., 2005, Understanding the True Meaning of Nature of Science: Science and Children, v. 43, p.50-52.

Eick, C.J., 2006, Inquiry, Nature of Science, and Evolution: The need for a More Complex Pedgogical Content Knowledge in Science Teaching

Forbes, G., 2006, Natural Selections: Essays on the Nature of Science & Evolution: MSTA Journal, Spring, V? p. 2-3.

Galus, P., 2002, Detecting & Preventing Plagiarism: The Science Teacher, v. 69, p. 35-37.

Gould, S.J. (1983) "Worm for a Century, and All Seasons," in Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, Stephen Jay Gould, New York: W. W. Norton and Company, pp. 120-133.

Harwood, W., 2004, An Activity Model for Scientific Inquiry: The Science Teacher, v. 71, p. 44.

Hohman, J., Adams, P., Taggart, G., Heinrichs, J., and Hickman, K., 2006, A "Nature of Science" Discussion: Connecting Mathematics and Science: Journal of College Science Teaching, v. 36, p. 18-21.

Langmuir, I., 1989, Pathological Science: Physics Today, v. 42, no. 10, p. 36-48.

Lederman, J.S., 2005, Nature of Science Is...: Science and Children, October, v. 43, p. 53-54.

Lederman, N.G., and Niess, M.L., 1977, The Nature of Science: Naturally?: School Science and Mathematics, v. 97, p. 1-2.

Lederman, N.G., 2003, The Matter of Subject Matter: School Science and Mathematics, v. 103, p. 361-363.

Lederman, N.G., and Lederman, J.S., 2004, Revising Instruction to Teach Nature of Science: The Science Teacher, v. 71, p. 36-39.

Lombardo, T., 2006, Pluto offers chance to teach limitation of science,: The Arizona Republic.

McComas, W.F., 1996, Ten Myths of Science; Reexamining What We Think We Know About the Nature of Science: School Science and Mathematics, v. 96, p. 10-16.

McComas, W.F., and Almazroa, H., 1998, The Nature of Science in Science Education: Science & Education, v. 7, p. 511-532.

McComas, W.F., 2004, Keys to Teaching the Nature of Science: The Science Teacher, v. 71, p. 24-27.

McKinney, D., and Michalovic, M., 2004, Teaching the Stories of Scientists and their Discoveries: The Science Teacher, November, v. 71, p. 46-51.

Meers, M., Demer, N.E., Savarese, M., 2004, Presenting the Scientific Process: Journal of College Science Teaching, v. 33, p. 34-39.

Moreno, N.P., 2007, Teaching the Nature of Science: Five Crucial Themes: NSTA Reports, January, p. 9-10.

Narguizian, P., 2004, Science through Evolution: The Science Teacher, v. 71, p. 41-45.

NSTA Position Statement: The Nature of Science.

Park, R.L., 2007, Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science

Pollack, H.N., Uncertain Science... Uncertain World: Cambridge University Press.

Resnik, D., 2007, Philosophical Foundations of Scientific Ethics

Rudge, D.W., Howe, E.M., 2004, Incorporating History into the Science Classroom: The Science Teacher, v.71, p. 52-57.

Sadler, T.D., and Zeidler, D.L., 2003, Teaching "Bad Science": The Science Teacher, v. 70, p. 36-40.

Sagan, C. (1996) The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Ballantine Books.

Selby, C.C., 2006, What makes it Science? A Modern Look at Scientific Inquiry: Journal of College Science Teaching, v. 35, p. 8-11.

Shuell, T., 1997, The Nature of Scientific Investigation

Turro, N., 2007, Toward a general theory of pathological science

Wilson, T.J., Continental Drift, "can't find the date": Scientific American, p. 86-100.

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