Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 403–421 | Cite as

Understanding The Impact of an Apprenticeship-Based Scientific Research Program on High School Students’ Understanding of Scientific Inquiry

  • Mehmet Aydeniz
  • Kristen Baksa
  • Jane Skinner


The purpose of this study was to understand the impact of an apprenticeship program on high school students’ understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry. Data related to seventeen students’ understanding of science and scientific inquiry were collected through open-ended questionnaires. Findings suggest that although engagement in authentic scientific research helped the participants to develop competency in experimentation methods it had limited impact on participants’ learning of the implicit aspects of scientific inquiry and NOS. Discussion focuses on the importance of making the implicit assumptions of science explicit to the students in such authentic scientific inquiry settings through structured curriculum.


Authentic scientific inquiry High school Nature of science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, College of Education, Health and Human SciencesThe University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Farragut High SchoolKnox County SchoolsKnoxvilleUSA

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