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Science Curriculum and Teacher Education: The Role of Presuppositions, Contradictions, Controversies and Speculations vs Kuhn's ‘Normal Science’
The article describes Kuhn’s (1970) claim that textbooks are good 'pedagogical vehicles' for the perpetuation of ‘normal science’. However, Collins (2000) has found out a fundamental contradiction with respect to what science could achieve (create new knowledge) and how we teach science (authoritarian). The author claims that despite the reform efforts, students still have naïve views about the nature of science. The author suggests that the teacher by 'unfolding' the different episodes can emphasize and illustrate how science actually works, and this will show to the students that they need to go beyond ‘normal science’ as presented in their textbooks.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2010
A study was conducted on constructivism in science education. The study engaged 17 teachers who registered for 11-week course. The course was based on 17 readings on the nature of science. Activities included written reports, classroom discussions, and written exams. Results revealed that participating teachers experienced a transition leading to greater understanding as they acquired greater understanding of constructivism.
Updated: Mar. 31, 2008