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Working with the nature of science in physics class: turning 'ordinary' classroom situations into nature of science learning situations
Kristianstad University, Research environment Learning in Science and Mathematics (LISMA). Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Naturvetenskap. Lund University. (LISMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3175-5185
Kristianstad University, Research environment Learning in Science and Mathematics (LISMA). Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Naturvetenskap. Lund University. (LISMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8255-3607
2016 (English)In: Physics Education, ISSN 0031-9120, E-ISSN 1361-6552, Vol. 51, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In the science education research field there is a large body of literature on the 'nature of science' (NOS). NOS captures issues about what characterizes the research process as well as the scientific knowledge. Here we, in line with a broad body of literature, use a wide definition of NOS including also e.g. socio-cultural aspects. It is argued that NOS issues, for a number of reasons, should be included in the teaching of science/physics. Research shows that NOS should be taught explicitly. There are plenty of suggestions on specific and separate NOS activities, but the necessity of discussing NOS issues in connection to specific science/physics content and to laboratory work, is also highlighted. In this article we draw on this body of literature on NOS and science teaching, and discuss how classroom situations in secondary physics classes could be turned into NOS-learning situations. The discussed situations have been suggested by secondary teachers, during in-service teacher training, as situations from every-day physics teaching, from which NOS could be highlighted.

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2016. Vol. 51, no 5
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nature of science, NOS
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-15739DOI: 10.1088/0031-9120/51/5/055001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-15739DiVA: diva2:953220
Available from: 2016-08-17 Created: 2016-08-17 Last updated: 2016-10-19Bibliographically approved

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