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Towards Evidence-Based Practice in Science Education

Grant reference: L139251003

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Teaching students “ideas-about-science” : five dimensions of effective practice
The ESPE Project 3: Teaching Pupils ‘ideas-about-science’ is a sub-project of the research-project ‘Towards evidence-based practice in science education’. This paper attempted to define “What should be taught in science?” and secondly, “how should it be taught?” In the first phase of EPSE Project 3, the first question was addressed – what should be taught? A survey was conducted of the views of 23 publicly acknowledged experts including scientists, philosophers and sociologists of science, people involved in communicating science to the public, science teachers and science educators. Using three rounds of questionnaires, where the responses from each round were sifted and successively commented on, it was attempted to identify which ‘ideas-about-science’ were so important that they should be included in school science. The second phase of the project involved working with eleven teachers of science at key stages 2,3 and 4 to develop a range of strategies and materials for teaching the themes which emerged from Phase One.
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Author Hannah Bartholomew

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Co-author Jonathan Osborne
Co-author Mary Ratcliffe

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John Wiley & Sons
01 September 2004
Science education

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Bartholomew, Hannah et al (2004) Teaching students “ideas-about-science” : five dimensions of effective practice. Science education. 88 (5), pp. 655-682 Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.


Bartholomew Hannah et al. Teaching students “ideas-about-science” : five dimensions of effective practice. Science education 2004; 88 (5): 655-682.