Making science vivid: Using a historical episodes map

Chen Yung Lin*, Jung Hui Cheng, Wen Hua Chang

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Many have argued that the inclusion of the history of science in science teaching might promote an understanding of the nature of science as well as the attitudes toward science. However, its inclusion in science teaching may not have the desired effect due to the limited coverage it receives in textbooks and the limited time available for teaching. A historical episodes map (HEM) is thus developed with four storylines and more than 20 events related to the history of science and is designed to fit in with regular teaching topics. A total of 329 students in Grade 7 were involved in the experimental group and the control group. The control group was taught using the textbook only, while the experimental group was also taught using the textbook plus HEM materials and associated discussion. The intervention of such teaching lasted for a month and a half. The findings reveal that the exposure of students to HEM materials did promote the students' understanding of the nature of science as well as their attitudes toward science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2521-2531
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec


  • Attitudes toward science
  • Genetics education
  • History of science
  • Nature of science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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