Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Undergraduate Student Views of the Nature of Science

Leigh S. Arino de la Rubia, Tzung Jin Lin, Chin Chung Tsai*

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Past studies investigating university level students' views of nature of science (NOS) were relatively few and most of them were conducted in Western countries. This paper focuses upon comparing the quantitative patterns in Western (US Caucasian and African-American) and non-Western (Taiwanese) students' views of NOS (VNOS) by adopting a survey instrument. This analysis combined with qualitative data begin to uncover details of potential cultural differences in patterns specifically in the US educational context by comparing Caucasian and African-American student responses to a question from a commonly used assessment of VNOS. Results show different patterns of views along the four dimensions of NOS (social negotiation, invented/creative NOS, cultural impacts, and changing/tentative feature of science) according to student major, student gender, and student ethnicity. These differences and similarities have the potential to impact undergraduate education and underrepresentation of cultural minorities in science careers and call for further research into NOS views in the context of diverse student groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1685-1709
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-cultural
  • Nature of Science
  • Undergraduate students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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