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Event: Special Seminar by MICHAEL R. MATTHEWS

Mar 29, 2005
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Mountain

Arizona State University
Bateman Physical Science Building
F-wing Room 101

The Impact of Idealist and Relativist Philosophy on Science Education Research: Findings from Peter Fensham's Defining an Identity (Kluwer 2004)

School of Education
University of New South Wales
Sydney 2052, Australia

This paper uses the interview evidence in Peter Fensham's book ' Defining an Identity (Kluwer 2004) ' to document the impact of Idealist and Relativist philosophy on contemporary science education research. The book's evidence is also used to argue that this deleterious impact is in part the result of the poor preparation that most researchers have in the foundation disciplines that underpin their work - specifically learning theory (including cognitive science), philosophy (especially the history and philosophy of science), history and political economy. Some suggestions are made for the amelioration of this chronic and fundamental problem with science education research.

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Mar 1, 2005

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