The Significance of Research

  • Peter J. Fensham
Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 20)


When I asked the respondents my first question about publications of their own that they felt were significant, I deliberately left the interpretation of the phrase significant publication in my first question to the respondent researchers. In Chapter 3 I have discussed the quite personal interpretations a number of them chose. Many others, however, interpreted the phrase in ways that related it to the research field generally and a range of these are described in this chapter. The interpretations that can be related more directly to the five specific intra-research criteria for a distinctive field of research are discussed in Chapters 6–10. Finally, those respondents whose interpretation was in terms of the impact or potential impact they saw their publication having on the practices of science education itself are described in Chapter 11. There they become evidence for the output criterion, O1. Implications for practice.


Science Teacher Alternative Conception Spatial Ability Significant Publication Science Education Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Fensham
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  1. 1.Emeritus Professor of Science EducationMonash UniversityAustralia

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