Advanced Science Students’ Understandings on Nature of Science in Finland

Kari Sormunen, Mustafa Serdar Koksal


APA 6th edition
Sormunen, K., & Koksal, M.S. (2014). Advanced Science Students’ Understandings on Nature of Science in Finland. European Journal of Educational Research, 3(4), 167-176. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.3.4.167

Harvard
Sormunen K., and Koksal M.S. 2014 'Advanced Science Students’ Understandings on Nature of Science in Finland', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 167-176. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.3.4.167

Chicago 16th edition
Sormunen, Kari and Koksal, Mustafa Serdar . "Advanced Science Students’ Understandings on Nature of Science in Finland". (2014)European Journal of Educational Research 3, no. 4(2014): 167-176. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.3.4.167

Abstract

Majority of NOS studies comprise of determination or assessment studies conducted with ordinary students. In order to gain further understanding on variation in NOS understandings among the students, there should be different research attempts focusing on unconventional students such as academically advanced students. The purpose of this study is to determine epistemological understanding of Finnish academically advanced science students concerning aspects of NOS. The study was a case study (N=39) conducted with qualitative perspective. Questionnaires 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 diagnostic tools and data collection instruments. The study revealed that the majority of the students were found to be naïve in aspects such as “empirical basis of science”, “observation and inference”, “subjectivity of scientists”, “social and cultural embeddedness”, “creativity in science”, “theories and laws” and “tentativeness”.

Keywords: nature of science, scientific literacy, advanced students, epistemological thinking