Everyday Thoughts about Nature

Everyday Thoughts about Nature : A Worldview Investigation of Important Concepts Students Use to Make Sense of Nature with Specific Attention of Science

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Dr. Olcbee Lee SchoolofEducation, UniversityofMiami Coral Gables, Florida 33124 I remember my excitement and appreciation several years ago when I first read World View Theory and Science Education Research by Bill Cobern (1991). It was a comprehensive, theoretical discussion ofworldview theory in science education. I am delighted to see that Cobern has taken the next step to provide empirical accountsofworldview in Everyday Thoughts about Nature. . The primary goal of the book is to understand how typical- ninth grade students and their science teachers think about Nature or the natural world, and how their thoughts are related to science. In pursuing this goal, the book raises a basicquestion about the purpose ofscienceeducationfor the public: Should science education seek to educate "scientific thinkers" in the pattern of the science teachers? Or, should science education seek to foster sound science learning within the matrices ofvari- ous cultural perspectives? (p. 3) The answer to this question becomes clear, thanks to Cobern's excellent research and persuasivearguments.
First, this research takes a humanistic approach in understanding what students and teachers think about Nature "through the language and ideas voluntarily expressed" (p. I). The research used multi- directional prompts and encouraged students and teachers to speak freely and at length in any directions they wished. This humanistic approach is stated clearly: "[T]he research seeks to illuminate some of the various ways in which students think aboutNature withoutjudging eventhe most unorthodox perspectives" (p. 14).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 166 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 30.48mm | 408.23g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2000 ed.
  • X, 166 p.
  • 0792363442
  • 9780792363446

Table of contents

Acknowledgement. Foreword. Introduction. Part I. 1. Worldview Theory and Science Education Research. 2. Nature and Scientific Literacy. 3. An Interpretive Methodology. Part II. 4. Stating the Assertions. 5. Science and Conceptualizations of Nature. 6. Gender and Conceptualizations of Nature. 7. The Environment, Science and Religion. 8. The Different Worlds of Science Teachers and their Students. 9. Limitations & Implications for Research. 10. Putting Things Together. 11. Where is the Experience of Nature in School? References. Appendix A: Student Narratives on Nature. Appendix B: Teacher Narratives on Nature. Appendix C: Basic Interview Protocols. Index. About the Author.
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