© 2004

Defining an Identity

The Evolution of Science Education as a Field of Research


Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 11-36
  3. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 37-60
  4. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 61-75
  5. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 76-92
  6. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 93-100
  7. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 101-113
  8. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 114-131
  9. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 132-144
  10. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 145-161
  11. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 162-175
  12. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 176-182
  13. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 183-190
  14. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 191-199
  15. Peter J. Fensham
    Pages 200-210
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 211-249

About this book


Research in science education is now an international activity. This book asks for the first time, Does this research activity have an identity?

-It uses the significant studies of more than 75 researchers in 15 countries to see to what extent they provide evidence for an identity as a distinctive field of research.

-It considers trends in the research over time, and looks particularly at what progression in the research entails.

-It provides insight into how researchers influence each other and how involvement in research affects the being of the researcher as a person.

-It addresses the relation between research and practice in a manner that sees teaching and learning in the science classroom as interdependent with national policies and curriculum traditions about science.

It gives graduate students and other early researchers an unusual overview of their research area as a whole. Established researchers will be interested in, and challenged by, the identity the author ascribes to the research and by the plea he makes for the science content itself to be seen as problematic.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Emeritus Professor of Science EducationMonash UniversityAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Defining an Identity
  • Book Subtitle The Evolution of Science Education as a Field of Research
  • Authors P.J. Fensham
  • Series Title Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-1467-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-1468-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-0175-5
  • Series ISSN 1878-0482
  • Series E-ISSN 1878-0784
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 249
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
    International and Comparative Education
    Teaching and Teacher Education
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