© 1995

Authentic School Science

Knowing and Learning in Open-Inquiry Science Laboratories


Part of the Science & Technology Education Library book series (CTISE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 1-45
  3. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 100-172
  4. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 173-264
  5. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 265-274
  6. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 274-280
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 281-296

About this book


According to John Dewey, Seymour Papert, Donald Schon, and Allan Collins, school activities, to be authentic, need to share key features with those worlds about which they teach. This book documents learning and teaching in open-inquiry learning environments, designed with the precepts of these educational thinkers in mind. The book is thus a first-hand report of knowing and learning by individuals and groups in complex open-inquiry learning environments in science. As such, it contributes to the emerging literature in this field.
Secondly, it exemplifies research methods for studying such complex learning environments. The reader is thus encouraged not only to take the research findings as such, but to reflect on the process of arriving at these findings.
Finally, the book is also an example of knowledge constructed by a teacher-researcher, and thus a model for teacher-researcher activity.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Research Methods and Science EducationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Authentic School Science
  • Book Subtitle Knowing and Learning in Open-Inquiry Science Laboratories
  • Authors Wolff-Michael Roth
  • Series Title Science & Technology Education Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3088-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3307-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-0495-1
  • Series ISSN 1878-0482
  • Series E-ISSN 1878-0784
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 296
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


` Roth has written a stimulating book. I found much in it to enjoy, and much that I want to return to and think about further. It is clearly written and, despite its often challenging subject matter, easy to read. ... This is a book which should be read by everyone interested in the practice of science education.'
Studies in Science Education, 27 (1996)