An investigation of Taiwanese early adolescents' views about the nature of science

Chao Ming Huang, Chin Chung Tsai, Chun Yen Chang

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This study developed a Pupils' Nature of Science Scale, including the subscales of the invented and changing nature of science, the role of social negotiation on science, and cultural context on science, to assess early adolescents' views about the nature of science. More than 6,000 fifth and sixth graders in Taiwan responded to the Scale. The study revealed that the adolescents had quite different perspectives toward different subscales of the nature of science. Moreover, male adolescents tended to express more constructivist-oriented views toward the nature of science than did their female counterparts. The adolescents of different grades and races also displayed varying views toward the nature of science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-654
Number of pages10
Issue number159
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Sep 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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