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1 September 2015 The Nature of Science & the Next Generation of Biology Education
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The nature of science (NOS) is an often neglected part of science teaching, yet it provides a vital background for students, detailing how science and scientists work and how scientific knowledge is created, validated, and influenced. Here, I review the concept of NOS and some of the challenges to its inclusion in science classes. In addition, I outline proposals, including those in the Next Generation Science Standards, for those aspects of NOS that should be featured in science classes. Finally, I discuss distinctions in NOS specific to the science of biology and conclude with some thoughts on how NOS can be incorporated into science instruction.

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William F. McComas "The Nature of Science & the Next Generation of Biology Education," The American Biology Teacher 77(7), 485-491, (1 September 2015). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2015.77.7.2
Published: 1 September 2015
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