Teaching Science with Context

Historical, Philosophical, and Sociological Approaches

  • Maria Elice de Brzezinski Prestes
  • Cibelle Celestino Silva

Part of the Science: Philosophy, History and Education book series (SPHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Rationale

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Nature of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. María Teresa Guerra-Ramos, José Baltazar García-Horta
      Pages 49-64
    3. Hernán Cofré, Paola Núñez, David Santibáñez, José Pavez, Claudia Vergara
      Pages 65-84
    4. María B. García, Silvia Vilanova, Sofía Sol Martín
      Pages 85-98
    5. Zuraya Monroy-Nasr, Rigoberto León-Sánchez, Kirareset Barrera-García, Germán Alvarez-Díaz de León
      Pages 113-123
  4. History of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Anna Cassia Sarmento, Cláudia Sepúlveda, Charbel N. El-Hani
      Pages 191-219
    3. José A. Chamizo
      Pages 221-234
    4. Luciana Zaterka, Ronei Clécio Mocellin
      Pages 235-249
    5. Dulce María López-Valentín
      Pages 265-275
    6. Marco Braga, Andreia Guerra, José Claudio Reis
      Pages 313-325
    7. Ana Paula Bispo da Silva, José Antonio Ferreira Pinto, Éwerton Jéferson Barbosa Ferreira
      Pages 327-339
    8. Juliana M. Hidalgo F. Drummond, Wesley Costa de Oliveira, Deyzianne Santos Fonseca
      Pages 341-358
  5. Philosophy of Science

  6. Sociology of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 419-419
    2. Ana M. Morais, Sílvia Castro, Sílvia Ferreira, Isabel P. Neves
      Pages 421-435
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 437-439

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive overview of research at interface between History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science (HPSS) and Science Teaching in Ibero-America. It contributes to research on contextualization of science for students, teachers and researchers, and explains how to use different episodes of history of science or different themes of philosophy of science in regular science classes through diverse pedagogical approaches.
The chapters in this book discuss a wide range of topics under different methodological, epistemological and didactic approaches, reflecting the richness of research developed in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The book contains chapters about historical events, topics of philosophy and sociology of science, nature of science, applications of HPSS in the classroom, instructional materials for students and teacher training courses and curriculum. 

This book provides a remarkable collection of studies in HPSS and science education. This collection also serves as an impressive demonstration of the scholarly richness in the Ibero-American communities and is certainly useful both for researchers as well as for educators.
Prof. Dr. Peter Heering, Europa Universität Flensburg, Germany 

A comprehensive and illuminating collection of 26 Latin-American HPS&ST research papers.  Contributors manifest a solid knowledge of history, philosophy, and sociology of science, and of international research linking these fields to theoretical, curricular, and pedagogical issues in science teaching and in teacher education.
Professor Michael R. Matthews, University of New South, Sydney, Australia

The worldwide interest in the uses of history, philosophy, and sociology of science to foster science education is also present in Latin and Iberian countries. This book presents the state of the art of this interest. These theoretical and empirical studies deal with the complexities of these issues.
Olival Freire Jr., Instituto de Física - Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, Brazil

An essential volume for all science educators. Comprehensive and full of valuable commentary.
For initiates, this volume effectively introduces the role of history, philosophy and sociology of science in teaching, from its philosophical and cultural foundations to samples of classroom practice. For exerienced educators, it offers substantial enrichment, from addressing misconceptions to teacher education to the challenges of assessment.
By bridging former language barriers, this impressive collection allows educators from around the world to benefit from the rich experience of its contributors in Latin America.
Douglas Allchin, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA


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Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Elice de Brzezinski Prestes
    • 1
  • Cibelle Celestino Silva
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of BiosciencesUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Institute of Physics of São CarlosUniversity of São PauloSão CarlosBrazil

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74035-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74036-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2520-8594
  • Series Online ISSN 2520-8608
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