© 2005

Philosophy, Science, Education and Culture

  • Robert Nola
  • Gürol Irzik

Part of the Science & Technology Education Library book series (CTISE, volume 28)

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About this book


Currents such as epistemological and social constructivism, postmodernism, and certain forms of multiculturalism that had become fashionable within science education circles in the last decades lost sight of critical inquiry as the core aim of education. In this book we develop an account of education that places critical inquiry at the core of education in general and science education in particular. Since science constitutes the paradigm example of critical inquiry, we explain the nature of science, paying particular attention to scientific methodology and scientific modeling and at the same time showing their relevance in the science classroom. We defend a universalist, rationalist, and objectivist account of science against epistemological and social constructivist views, postmodernist approaches and epistemic multiculturalist accounts.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Nola
    • 1
  • Gürol Irzik
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of AucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Bogaziçi UniversityTurkey

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Philosophy, Science, Education and Culture
  • Authors Robert Nola
    Gürol Irzik
  • Series Title Science & Technology Education Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-3769-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6958-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-3770-2
  • Series ISSN 1572-5987
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 490
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
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