The Nature of Science in Science Education

Rationales and Strategies

  • William F. McComas

Part of the Science & Technology Education Library book series (CTISE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Rationales for Including Nature of Science in Science Instruction

    1. William F. McComas, Michael P. Clough, Hiya Almazroa
      Pages 3-39
  3. Communicating the Nature of Science: Plans, Approaches and Strategies

  4. Communicating the Nature of Science: Courses and Course Elements

  5. Assessing the Nature of Science Understanding

    1. Norman Lederman, Philip Wade, Randy L. Bell
      Pages 331-350
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 351-366

About this book


The Nature of Science in Science Education is the first book to blend a justification for the inclusion of the history and philosophy of science in science teaching with methods by which this vital content can be shared with a variety of learners. It contains a complete analysis of the variety of tools developed thus far to assess learning in this domain. This book is relevant to science methods instructors, science education graduate students and science teachers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • William F. McComas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-5080-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47215-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-5987
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