Internationally renowned and award-winning author John Gilbert has spent the last thirty years researching, thinking and writing about some of the central and enduring issues in science education. He has contributed over twenty books and 400 articles to the field and is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Science Education. For the first time he brings together sixteen of his key writings in one volume.
This unique book highlights important shifts in emphasis in science education research, the influence of important individuals and matters of national and international concern. All this is interwoven in the following four themes:
- explanation, models and modeling in science education
- relating science education and technology education
- informal education in science and technology
- alternative conceptions and science education.
Table of Contents
Section A: Explanation, Models, Modeling in Science Education 1. Horses for Courses? 2. History and Philosophy of Science through Models: The Case of Chemical Kinetics 3. A Cause of Ahistorical Science Teaching: Use of Hybrid Models 4. Epistemological Resources for Thought Experimentation in Science Education 5. Modelling, Teachers’ Views on the Nature of Modelling and Implications for the Education of Modellers Section B: Relating Science Education and Technology Education 6. The Interface Between Science Education and Technology Education 7. Positioning Models in Science Education and in Design and Technology Education 8. Modelling: Promoting Creativity whilst Forging Links Between Science Education and Design and Technology Education 9. Research and Development on Satellites in Education Section C: Informal Education in Science and Technology 10. Informal Chemical Education 11. The Design of Interactive Exhibits to Promote the Making of Meaning 12. Models and Discourse: A Primary Science Visit to a Museum Section D: Alternative Conceptions and Science Education 13. Eliciting Students’ Views Using an Interview - About - Instances Technique 14. Concepts, Misconceptions and Alternative Conceptions: Changing Perspectives in Science Education 15. Children’s Science and its Consequences for Teaching 16. Constructive Science Education