1st Edition

Constructing Worlds through Science Education The Selected Works of John K. Gilbert

By John K. Gilbert Copyright 2005
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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












    John K. Gilbert