Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, Volume 15, Issue 1, Article 9 (Jun., 2014)
Mustafa Serdar KÖKSAL and Kari SORMUNEN
Advanced science students’ understanding on nature of science in Turkey

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Advanced science students’ understanding on nature of science in Turkey


Mustafa Serdar KÖKSAL

Inonu University

44280, Campus/Malatya, TURKEY




University of Eastern Finland

P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, FINLAND


Received 14 Apr., 2014
Revised 10 Jun., 2014



Nature of science (NOS), as an aspect of informed decision making about science related issues in daily life, is frequently emphasised when reform and the curriculum are in question. When reflecting on studies done on the subject, it comes apparent that the majority of them comprise of determination or assessment studies conducted with traditional groups. In order to gain further understanding, there should be more comprehensive research approaches with non-traditional groups such as academically advanced students. The aim of this study is to determine epistemological understanding of academically advanced science students concerning aspects of the NOS. The study was a case study conducted with qualitative perspective. A questionnaire on the students’ attitude toward science and motivation toward science learning plus a form for the teacher’s ideas and VNOS-C, were used as instruments. The study revealed that the majority of the students were found to be naïve in aspects such as “observation and inference”, “social and cultural embeddedness” and “theories and laws” whereas the majority of them were expert in aspects of “tentativeness” and “subjectivity”.

Keywords: Nature of science, advanced science students, qualitative research


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