Methods and Strategies: Understanding the True Meaning of Nature of Scienceby: David T. Crowther, Norman G. Lederman, and Judith S. Lederman

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Along with the responsibility of teaching science content and inquiry comes the responsibility of nurturing an understanding of the nature of science. This article offers applicable suggestions to help in highlighting the nature of science.

Grades
  • Elementary
  • Middle
Publication Date
10/1/2005

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Reviews (6)
  • on Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:10 PM

This was a great article. It reinforces the importance of teaching more than just the scientific method and that science evolves.

Jennifer Basalari
Jennifer Basalari

  • on Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:55 PM

"When these parts of the whole are considered individually, a clearer picture can be gained of what nature of science should promote or not promote in science teaching. However, teaching about nature of science sometimes gets lost as it is embedded in regular science instruction." This statement from this article perfectly explains to me what happens in science. Science is how we try to understand how and why things happen. As stated in the article human creativity plays a major part of science. I do believe we as educators must understand how to move students through science without giving to my knowledge while correcting prior knowledge.

Gerard Latimore
Gerard Latimore

  • on Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:30 PM

This article does a great job of summarizing the nature of science. I especially like how the authors handle the discussion on the scientific method. While most of the article discusses the nature of science in reference to how science is really "done," there are also a few activities for teachers to use in class to help students better engage in an understanding of the nature of science. This article is appropriate for any grade level, and the activities can be used, with modifications, in any grade level also.

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

  • on Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:13 PM

These authors provide a list of the four key components of the nature of science that students need to understand in their opinions and relate those to the position statement of NSTA. The authors believe that when taken separately, these components help students understand the bigger picture. With this in mind, the authors’ present simple activities that help children achieve these goals. An example that is mentioned in the article is describes how you should reinforce that there are many ways for the scientific method and not just one. The activities are not for students but for teachers to adjust what they are teaching.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:49 PM

One important point in this article is that there are many methods to doing science---not just "the" scientific method. I appreciate, too, the authors focus on creativity and personal, human endeavors in science.

Christina B
Christina B

  • on Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:05 AM

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