An innovative approach to teaching and learning about the nature of science: student’s learning outcomes / Beh Kian Lim.

Beh, Kian Lim (2011) An innovative approach to teaching and learning about the nature of science: student’s learning outcomes / Beh Kian Lim. Asian Journal of University Education, 7 (2). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1823-7797

Abstract

This paper is based on the author’s classroom experience. It looks into the content and the methodology used in the classroom for SCE500- Nature of Science (NOS), a course for pre-service science teachers. It highlights the innovative and creative elements of the class lessons especially pertaining to the variety of approaches used in the set induction of every class session. These approaches were based on the consensus model of the Nature of Science. Among the approaches were using optical illusions as illustrations of what constitutes observation and the notion that observation is theory laden, using the developmental model of the atom from the historical perspective as illustration for the tentativeness of scientific ideas, using ‘ magnetic field’ as revealed by dusting iron filings around a bar magnet to illuminate the notion that scientific constructs are created by scientists, using specific examples of scientific law and theory in conceptualising the distinction between theory and law in view of the misconceptions harboured by students that theory with sufficient evidence will become law, and, using the duality of light as particles and waves to illustrate the possibility of multiple theories for a particular set of data. The paper also highlights the eight misconceptions of NOS commonly found among students and the effectiveness of the course in addressing these misconceptions based on students’ course feedback and the quantitative data obtained before and after the course using an inventory designed by the author to gauge students’ conceptual gain in the eight aspects of NOS.

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Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsID Num. / Email
Beh, Kian LimUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice) > General special. Methodology
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of University Education
Journal: UiTM Journal > Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE)
ISSN: 1823-7797
Volume: 7
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 1-23
Official URL: https://education.uitm.edu.my/ajue/wp-content/uplo...
Item ID: 29647
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nature of Science (NOS), innovation, teaching & learning, course outcomes
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/29647

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