Everyday Thoughts about Nature

Everyday Thoughts about Nature

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Dr. Olcbee Lee SchoolofEducation, UniversityofMiami Coral Gables, Florida 33124 I remember my excitement and appreciation several years ago when I first read World View Theory and Science Education Research by Bill Cobern (1991). It was a comprehensive, theoretical discussion ofworldview theory in science education. I am delighted to see that Cobern has taken the next step to provide empirical accountsofworldview in Everyday Thoughts about Nature. . The primary goal of the book is to understand how typical- ninth grade students and their science teachers think about Nature or the natural world, and how their thoughts are related to science. In pursuing this goal, the book raises a basicquestion about the purpose ofscienceeducationfor the public: Should science education seek to educate qscientific thinkersq in the pattern of the science teachers? Or, should science education seek to foster sound science learning within the matrices ofvariAs ous cultural perspectives? (p. 3) The answer to this question becomes clear, thanks to Cobern's excellent research and persuasivearguments. First, this research takes a humanistic approach in understanding what students and teachers think about Nature qthrough the language and ideas voluntarily expressedq (p. I). The research used multiAs directional prompts and encouraged students and teachers to speak freely and at length in any directions they wished. This humanistic approach is stated clearly: q[T]he research seeks to illuminate some of the various ways in which students think aboutNature withoutjudging eventhe most unorthodox perspectivesq (p. 14).While many graduate students and researchers have benefited from his earlier work, many more will continue to benefit from this book.


Title:Everyday Thoughts about Nature
Author: W.W. Cobern
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2000-06-30
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