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Abstract Title: Surveys Fail to Measure Grasp of Scientific Practice
Abstract: There is debate in the science education literature about how best to improve students' understanding of the nature of science: Can an "immersion" experience in the process of doing science like scientists outperform explicit instruction on the nature of science? Central in resolving that debate is the development of appropriate measures of students' understanding of the nature of science.  We report on a course in which students engaged in sophisticated scientific practices, and yet student responses to a standard nature of science survey showed surprisingly few pre-post changes. We argue that this data suggests that when students do science like scientists do, they gain a grasp of scientific practice that cannot be measured by declarative means such as surveys and interviews.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Irene Salter
California State University, Chico
Holt Hall room 101
campus zip, 0535
Chico, CA 95929
Phone: 530-898-6340
and Co-Presenter(s)
Leslie J. Atkins - California State University, Chico

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