Nature of Science in General Chemistry Textbooks by Mansoor NiazNature of Science in General Chemistry Textbooks by Mansoor Niaz

Nature of Science in General Chemistry Textbooks

byMansoor Niaz, Arelys Maza

Paperback | July 15, 2011

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Research in science education has recognized the importance of history and philosophy of science (HPS). Nature of science (NOS) is considered to be an essential part of HPS with important implications for teaching science. The role played by textbooks in developing students' informed conceptions of NOS has been a source of considerable interest for science educators. In some parts of the world, textbooks become the curriculum and determine to a great extent what is taught and learned in the classroom. Given this background and interest, this monograph has evaluated NOS in university level general chemistry textbooks published in U.S.A. Most textbooks in this study provided little insight with respect to the nine criteria used for evaluating NOS. Some of the textbooks, however, inevitably refer to HPS and thus provide guidelines for future textbooks. A few of the textbooks go into considerable detail to present the atomic models of Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, Bohr and wave mechanical to illustrate the tentative nature of scientific theories --- an important NOS aspect. These results lead to the question: Are we teaching science as practiced by scientists? An answer to this question can help us to understand the importance of NOS, by providing students an HPS-based environment, so that they too (just like the scientists) feel the thrill and excitement of discovering new things. This monograph provides students and teachers guidelines for introducing various aspects of NOS, based on historical episodes.

Title:Nature of Science in General Chemistry TextbooksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:51 pagesPublished:July 15, 2011Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9400719191

ISBN - 13:9789400719194

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.- Introduction.- Criteria for evaluation of general chemistry textbooks.- Evaluation of general chemistry textbooks: Results and discussion.- Conclusion and educational implications.- References.- Appendix A.- Appendix B.- Index.

Editorial Reviews

For those who are interested in how the nature of science is incorporated into the chemistry curriculum [.], "Nature of Science in General Chemistry Textbooks" is definitely worth taking the time to read. It includes a more extensive literature review than might be commonly expected in an archival journal [.]. The authors do not, however, attempt to synthesize the work of a range of authors on a broad topic as might be expected from a formal review paper. In this sense, the work is interesting and the format is unique. Thomas A. Holme, Iowa State University, USA in Journal of Chemical Education, 2012, 89, 975-976