The Study of 12th Grade Student’s View of Nature of Science: Classroom Action Research

Abstract

Views of Nature of Science is one of crucial scientific learning goals in several countries. As in the literature, the understanding of Nature of Science can lead students to be a scientific literate persons which allow them to understand science sufficiently for making a decision in daily life. The aim of this study is to investigate student's view of Nature of Science. Thirty students participated in this preliminary study. The view of Nature of Science two-tier questionnaire was adapted from the Views of Nature of Science Questionnaire (VNOS-C) and was applied in this study. There are two parts in this questionnaire including rating scale and open-ended questions. The non-structured interview protocol was also used with fifteen students in order to triangulate students' view. Students’ responses were categorized into 3 groups including informed, adequate and inadequate view. The study shown that there are 16.67% informed , 20.00% adequate and 63.33% inadequate. In addition, they had misconception in many aspects of NOS. The findings in this study lead to the development of learning unit concerning Nature of Science in science classroom in the second phase of this study. In conclusion, Teachers should concern about students’ NOS understanding supporting. They should study on students’ prior view of nature of science and learning unit should be designed based on students' prior view of nature of science. Keywords : nature of science, NOS understanding, view of nature of science ,misconception



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Waralee Sinthuwa, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Kamonwan Kanyaprasith, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

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Conference: ACEID2015
Stream: Primary and secondary education

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