Knowledge about inquiry : a study in South African high schools

Show simple item record Gaigher, Estelle Lederman, Norman Lederman, Judith 2015-03-18T12:01:18Z 2015-03-18T12:01:18Z 2014
dc.description.abstract This paper reports a study on South African learners‟ knowledge about scientific inquiry using the Views About Scientific Inquiry (VASI) questionnaire. The sample consisted of 105 grade 11 learners from 7 schools across the socio-economic spectrum in a South African city. A rubric for scoring the VASI questionnaire was developed and refined during the process of coding and is presented. Results showed that the learners held more informed views than that reported in previous international studies, except for particularly naive views regarding multiple methods of investigation. The results are discussed in terms of the Revised National Curriculum Statement (RNCS) that was taught from 2003 to 2010 in South African schools. This curriculum was founded on outcomes based principles, valuing process skills rather than content. The study found that examples provided in the RNCS document correspond closely to the aspects of inquiry as described by the National Research Council (NRC). It is argued that the RNCS contributed to the more informed views about inquiry found amongst South African learners in this study. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2015-09-30 en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Estelle Gaigher, Norman Lederman & Judith Lederman (2014) Knowledge about Inquiry: A study in South African high schools, International Journal of Science Education, 36:18,3125-3147, DOI:10.1080/09500693.2014.954156 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0950-0693 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1464-5289 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/09500693.2014.954156
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014 Taylor and Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Science Education , vol. 36, no. 18, pp. 3125-3147, 2014. doi :10.1080/09500693.2014.954156. International Journal of Science Education is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comloi/tsed20 en_ZA
dc.subject Scientific inquiry en_ZA
dc.subject Scientific literacy en_ZA
dc.subject Science curriculum en_ZA
dc.subject Views about inquiry en_ZA
dc.title Knowledge about inquiry : a study in South African high schools en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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