Impact of Chinese Culture on Pre-service Science Teachers' Views of the Nature of Science
Wan, Dongsheng1; Zhang, Hongshia2; Wei, Bing3
Source PublicationSCIENCE & EDUCATION
AbstractThis study examines Chinese pre-service teachers' (N = 30) views on the nature of science (NOS) and how Chinese culture influences their views. Participants were from two teachers' universities in eastern China. As an exploratory and interpretive study, a scenario-based interview approach was adopted. The results indicated that the participants held unique views about the five key aspects of NOS. Many participants have alternative and contemporary views of NOS, but few possess classical views. In fact, teachers adopted features of the Confucian Doctrine of the Mean either consciously or unconsciously to account for their views of NOS. This research reflects that the Doctrine of the Mean affected Chinese teachers' views of NOS, making them rather deficient in their understandings of classical NOS. Based on empirical data, it is argued that science teacher training in China should focus on the content and objectives of classical NOS, rather than just teaching contemporary views of NOS. Taking Chinese culture into consideration, science teacher education in China cannot entirely import the strategies of teaching the classical views of NOS from the developed world, but should develop, design and contextualize local strategies that are suitable for the training of Chinese science teachers. Some issues for further investigation of learners' views of NOS in non-Western contexts are suggested as implications from this study.
KeywordPre-service science teachers Views of the nature of science Nature of science (NOS) Chinese culture
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Indexed BySCI ; SSCI ; AHCI
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research ; History & Philosophy of Science
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research ; History & Philosophy Of Science
WOS IDWOS:000436266800005
Document TypeJournal article
专题University of Macau
Affiliation1.Jiangsu Second Normal Univ, Sch Educ Sci, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Peoples R China;
2.Nanjing Univ, Inst Educ, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Peoples R China;
3.Univ Macau, Fac Educ, Taipa, Macau, Peoples R China
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Wan, Dongsheng,Zhang, Hongshia,Wei, Bing. Impact of Chinese Culture on Pre-service Science Teachers' Views of the Nature of Science[J]. SCIENCE & EDUCATION,2018,27(3-4):321-355.
APA Wan, Dongsheng,Zhang, Hongshia,&Wei, Bing.(2018).Impact of Chinese Culture on Pre-service Science Teachers' Views of the Nature of Science.SCIENCE & EDUCATION,27(3-4),321-355.
MLA Wan, Dongsheng,et al."Impact of Chinese Culture on Pre-service Science Teachers' Views of the Nature of Science".SCIENCE & EDUCATION 27.3-4(2018):321-355.
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