|Published online: May 19, 2014||Free Download|
Through a writing-intensive first year science seminar course, students at the University of British Columbia explore the nature of science and the role science plays in society. We investigated the change in first year science students’ views on the nature of science (NOS) using a validated survey - Student Understanding of Science and Scientific Inquiry (SUSSI). Administered as a pre/post-test, we found that students demonstrated significant improvements in their overall views of the nature of science. We have found that a first year seminar course with carefully designed and targeted in-class activities that align with the concepts addressed in all six SUSSI categories is an effective way to engage students in their learning and to deepen their views about NOS.
|Keywords:||First Year Seminar, Views on the Nature of Science, Science, Targeted Activities, Engaged Learning|
The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, Volume 20, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.65-83. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 19, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 912.361KB)).
Senior Educational Strategist, Faculty of Science, Science Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Course Coordinator for Science 113, Faculty of Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Senior Instructor, Michael Smith Lab and the Microbiology and Immunology Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Educational Programmer and Specialist Science Writer, Biology and Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Canada