From ‘Science in the Making’ to Understanding the Nature of Science

An Overview for Science Educators

By Mansoor Niaz

© 2012 – Routledge

252 pages

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Hardback: 9780415807586
pub: 2011-12-14
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About the Book

The Nature of Science is highly topical among science teacher educators and researchers. Increasingly, it is a mandated topic in state curriculum documents. This book draws together recent research on Nature of Science studies within a historical and philosophical framework suitable for students and teacher educators. Traditional science curricula and textbooks present science as a finished product. Taking a different approach, this book provides a glimpse of “science in the making” — scientific practice imbued with arguments, controversies, and competition among rival theories and explanations. Teaching about “science in the making” is a rich source of motivating students to engage creatively with the science curriculum.

Readers are introduced to “science in the making” through discussion and analysis of a wide range of historical episodes from the early 19th century to early 21st century. Recent cutting-edge research is presented to provide insight into the dynamics of scientific progress. More than 90 studies from major science education journals, related to nature of science are reviewed. A theoretical framework, field tested with in-service science teachers, is developed for moving from ‘science in the making’ to understanding the Nature of Science.

Table of Contents




  1. Introduction
  2. Science in the Making and Heuristic Principles in a Historical Context
  3. Students and Teachers’ Understanding of the Nature of Science
  4. How to Introduce the Nature of science in the Classroom?
  5. Role of Heuristic Principles in Understanding the Nature of Science
  6. How Views of Leon Cooper (Nobel Laureate) can Influence In-service Teachers’ Understanding of the Nature of Science?
  7. Martin Perl’s (Nobel Laureate) Perspective on the Nature of Science and Teaching Science
  8. Conclusion: From Science in the Making to Understanding the Nature of Science




About the Author

Mansoor Niaz is Professor in the Chemistry Department at Universidad de Oriente, Cumaná, Venezuela.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology
SCIENCE / Study & Teaching