Academic journal article Science Scope

Teaching the Nature of Science: Let the Story of Science Lead the Way

Academic journal article Science Scope

Teaching the Nature of Science: Let the Story of Science Lead the Way

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To meet the recommendations of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), teachers must provide opportunities for students to learn disciplinary content, engage with the practices of science and engineering, and recognize overarching themes among the scientific disciplines. They must also design questions and tasks that involve the nature of science (NOS); this important aspect of science literacy can no longer be treated as an instructional afterthought or something that students develop on their own or by simply engaging in science activities.

NSTA worked conscientiously to make understanding NOS prominent in the NGSS. As a result, Appendix H: Nature of Science includes eight basic understandings about the nature of science--four of which are associated with the practices of science, and four with the crosscutting concepts. The NGSS recommend the teaching of these NOS themes through purposeful instruction, which requires students to reflect on their own investigations and analyze applicable content-related historical and contemporary case studies.

This issue of Science Scope offers a collection of articles to help you place increased emphasis on NOS instruction. If you are interested in further pursuing the development of historical case studies, I recommend the three volumes in Joy Hakim's The Story of Science series--Aristotle Leads the Way, Newton at the Center, and Einstein Adds a New Dimension. …

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