New directions for nature of science research
Irzık, Gürol and Nola, Robert (2014) New directions for nature of science research. In: Matthews, Michael R., (ed.) International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 999-1021. ISBN 978-94-007-7653-1 (Print) 978-94-007-7654-8 (Online)
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7654-8_30
The idea of family resemblance, when applied to science, can provide a powerful account of the nature of science (NOS). In this chapter we develop such an account by taking into consideration the consensus on NOS that emerged in the science education literature in the last decade or so. According to the family resemblance approach, the nature of science can be systematically and comprehensively characterized in terms of a number of science categories which exhibit strong similarities and overlaps among diverse scientific disciplines. We then discuss the virtues of this approach and make some suggestions as to how one can go about teaching it in the classroom.
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