Scientific Argumentation In Pre-service Biology Teacher Education
Agustín Adúriz-Bravo 1 * , Leonor Bonan 1, Leonardo González Galli 1, Andrea Revel Chion, Elsa Meinardi 1
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1 Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.* Corresponding Author


This paper discusses the design of an instructional unit examining scientific argumentation with prospective biology teachers. Linguistics and philosophy of science have turned to argumentation as a relevant skill; its importance in science classes has also been highlighted by scholars. We define school scientific argumentation and analyse its components. We present the unit, directed to pre-service biology teachers, which includes different strategies; among them, we propose guided reading, analogies, debates, and discussion on historical episodes. We describe the activities, examining the nature-of-science topics addressed. The sequence relates to secondary science teaching; this may increase the meaningfulness of the nature of science in teacher education.


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EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2005, 76-83

Publication date: 22 Nov 2005

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