A large-scale survey on nature of science conceptions of the brazilian biology undergraduates and the potentially associated education factors

Nathália Helena Azevedo*, Daniela Lopes Scarpa

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Abstract

The results of a study on conceptions of the nature of science (NOS) among Biology undergraduate students are presented here. Four factors potentially associated with the conceptions of this public were statistically tested: educational stage, course type (for pre-service biology teachers or biologists-in-training), contact with meta-scientific themes, and participation in science initiation. The participants were 691 students from 14 Brazilian universities, who answered a contextualized questionnaire about research in Ecology. There was no variation in conceptions between the different educational stages neither from contact with meta-scientific themes, nor participation in scientific initiation. Nonetheless, undergraduates attending only teacher-training courses presented less-informed NOS conceptions when compared with two other groups, one formed only by biologists-in-training and the other by a combination of biologists-in-training and teaching-training students. Among the 11 aspects of NOS investigated, the students presented less-informed conceptions about those addressing instrumentation and experimental practices. The discussion was directed to certain implications associated with the scenario presented.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalEnsaio Pesquisa em Educação em Ciências
Volume19
Issue numbere2794
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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