- The nature of science (NOS) is an important part of scientific literacy (AAAS, 2009; Matthews, 1994; Lederman et al., 2014).
- History provides contextualized approach that allows for intertwining NOS and traditional science content (Clough, 2006).
- Stories represent a potential avenue for progress in using history in NOS research.
- Recent framework developed for historical stories in science education (Klassen, 2009).
- Preliminary results from this study indicate that student participants from the experimental group made significant gains in their understanding of the role of imagination and creativity in science.
- Participants from the experimental group also outperformed the non-intervention group on genetics items related to Mendelian genetics.
- Student responses on the interviews and SUSSI open response items indicate that one reason for the difference is the historical stories used in the experimental group.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Williams, Cody T. and Rudge, David W., "Effects of a Historical Story on Student Understanding of NOS and Mendelian Genetics" (2017). Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (FRACAA) Recipients. 58.