Science Education

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Edited by Sherry Southerland and John Settlage

Impact Factor: 1.8

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 28/231 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1098-237X

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Focus on … Scientific Practices

Introduction to the Focus on … Scientific Practices
Sibel Erduran
Volume 99, Issue 6

The Focus feature in this issue is “scientific practices.” The four essays draw on a range of perspectives to interrogate what is meant by scientific practices and how scientific practices can be incorporated in science education. The discussion is timely given the emerging curriculum emphasis on scientific practices, for instance in the Next Generation Science Standards in the United States. However, it should be noted, as the authors also illustrate, that the notion of scientific practices has been addressed from a range of research traditions such as Science Studies for several decades. Science education research and curriculum policy communities could benefit from characterizations of scientific practices offered by the Science Studies literature. The essays should help orient readers to some key references in the Science Studies tradition and, in doing so, illustrate some cutting-edge thinking on scientific practices today with implications for science education. READ MORE

Scientific Practice and Science Education
Cyrus C. M. Mody

Describing “Science Practice” in Learning Settings
David Stroupe

Educational Implications of Choosing “Practice” to Describe Science in the Next Generation Science Standards
Michael J. Ford

Can We Teach People What Science Is Really Like?
Harry Collins