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Handbook of Research on Science Education by Michael Talbot-Smith

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CHAPTER 28

Nature of Science: Past, Present, and Future

Norman G. Lederman

Illinois Institute of Technology

CONCEPTUALIZING THE CONSTRUCT

The construct “nature of science” (NOS) has been advocated as an important goal for students studying science for approximately 100 years (Central Association of Science and Mathematics Teachers, 1907). Most recently, NOS has been advocated as a critical educational outcome by various science education reform documents worldwide (e.g., Australia, Canada, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States). To be blunt, when it comes to NOS, one is hard pressed to find rhetoric arguing against its importance as a prized educational outcome. Still, detractors do exist (Winchester, 1993). The observation that NOS ...

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