Day 1 readings:
Reading set, due Sept. 14:
- McComas, W. F. (1996). Ten myths of science: Reexamining what we think we know . . . School Science and Mathematics, 96(1), 10-16.
Reading set, due Sept. 21 & 28:
- Smith, M. U., & Scharmann, L. C. (1999). Defining versus describing the nature of science: A pragmatic analysis for classroom teachers and science educators. Science Education, 83(4), 493-509.
- Settlage, J., & Southerland, S. A. (2007). The Nature of Science Teaching Science to Every Child: Using Culture as a Starting Point (pp. 185-209). New York: Taylor & Francis.
Reading set, due Oct. 5
Reading set, due Oct. 12
Reading set, due Oct. 19
Reading set, due Nov. 2
Reading set, due Nov. 9
Reading set, due Nov. 16
- There are four reading selections for this week. Each student is assigned one of the following readings (so that each reading has two students):
Reading set, due Nov. 23
- Same drill as last week:
- Akerson, V. L., Abd-El-Khalick, F., & Lederman, N. G. (2000). The influence of a reflective activity-based approach on elementary teachers' conceptions of the nature of science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 37(4), 295-317. [assigned to Laura, Ron, Danielle]
- Khishfe, R., & Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2002). Influence of explicit and reflective versus implicit inquiry-oriented instruction on sixth graders' views of nature of science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 39(7), 551-578. [assigned to Roger, Jared, Tanya]
- Southerland, S. A., Johnston, A., & Sowell, S. (2006). Describing teachers' conceptual ecologies for the nature of science. Science Education, 90(5), 874-906. [assigned to Pamella, Jason]
For Nov. 30: Vexations and Ventures
Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science
This text incorporates many of the activities described in other literature (e.g., "Tricky Tracks", etc.) and demonstrates how to emphasize both central biology themes and the nature of science in a life science course.
This resource provides suggested lessons, assessment tools, and other resources for teaching the nature of science. [See the "For Teachers" link on the navigation bar.] Materials here are based on research you have been reading about in this course.