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Representations of Nature of Science in School Science Textbooks

A Global Perspective

Edited by Christine V. McDonald, Fouad Abd-El-Khalick

© 2017 – Routledge

242 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Bringing together international research on nature of science (NOS) representations in science textbooks, the unique analyses presented in this volume provides a global perspective on NOS from elementary to college level and discusses the practical implications in various regions across the globe. Contributing authors highlight the similarities and differences in NOS representations and provide recommendations for future science textbooks. This comprehensive analysis is a definitive reference work for the field of science education.

Table of Contents

Preface

1 Representations of Nature of Science in School Science Textbooks

Christine V. McDonald and Fouad Abd-El-Khalick

2 A Longitudinal Analysis of the Extent and Manner of Representations of Nature of Science in U.S. High School Chemistry, Biology, and Physics Textbooks

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Jeremy J. Belarmino, Jeanne L. Brunner, An-Phong Le, John Y. Myers, Ryan G. Summers, Nader Wahbeh, Noemi Waight, Mindy Waters, and Ava A. Zeineddin

3 Relationship between Domain-Specific and Domain-General Aspects of Nature of Science in Science Textbooks

Mansoor Niaz

4 The Portrayal of Nature of Science in Lebanese 9th Grade Science Textbooks

Saouma BouJaoude, Zoubeida R. Dagher, and Sara Refai

5 Exploring Representations of Nature of Science in Australian Junior Secondary School Science Textbooks: A Case Study of Genetics

Christine V. McDonald

6 Nature of Science Representations in Greek Secondary School Biology Textbooks

Kostas Kampourakis

7 Representations of Nature of Science in U.S. Elementary Science Trade Books

Jeanne L. Brunner and Fouad Abd-El-Khalick

8 Improving Representation of Nature of Science in Textbooks through Action Research: A Canadian Perspective

Maurice DiGiuseppe

9 An Analysis of the Representation of Nature of Science in a Chemistry Textbook in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Nizar El-Mehtar and Sahar Alameh

10 An Analysis of South African School Science Textbooks for Representations of Nature of Science

Umesh Ramnarain

11 Representations of Nature of Science in German School Chemistry Textbooks

Karl Marniok and Christiane S. Reiners

12 Where to from here? Implications and Future Directions for Research on Representations of Nature of Science in School Science Textbooks

Christine V. McDonald and Fouad Abd-El-Khalick

List of Contributors

About the Editors

Christine V. McDonald is Senior Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Australia.

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick is Dean and Professor, School of Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

About the Series

Teaching and Learning in Science Series

The Teaching and Learning in Science Series brings together theoretical and practical scholarship emanating from a wide range of research approaches and paradigms on an equally wide variety of topics.

International concerns about the quality of the teaching and learning of science continue to increase across countries, states, provinces, and local communities with each round of international assessments. During a period of expansive reform in science education, it is especially important that the most current research in areas of critical concern be synthesized for use by both practitioners and researchers.

Proposals for authored or edited books are encouraged that address research and practice in the teaching and learning of science and/or any aspects of the current reforms in science education. The primary focus is the theoretical and practical importance of the problem being investigated. Equal consideration will be given to theoretically oriented and practitioner-oriented proposals. It is hoped that this series will generate as many critical questions as answers it may provide. Themes for prospective manuscripts may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • the practicality of scientific literacy
  • science for "all" in urban and rural settings
  • scientific inquiry
  • nature of science
  • student misconceptions
  • conceptual change
  • teacher education
  • curriculum development
  • educational policy
  • high stakes testing
  • alternative teacher certification
  • apprenticeship models
  • curriculum integration
  • problem-based learning
  • special needs students and science reforms
  • teacher knowledge and beliefs
  • informal science education
  • classroom discourse
  • professional development
  • teacher/scientist collaborations
  • technology integration
  • equity and diversity within a climate of change

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU007000
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDU029030
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology