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This monograph is timely for the membership of NARST. As science educators probe teaching and learning in an endeavor to make sense of learning in classrooms, there is a need for theoretical frameworks to enable new questions to be posed and a correspondingly fresh set of responses to be obtained. World view is a framework that can be applied to research on teaching and learning science and fits well with the trend towards studies that are interpretive in nature. The number of science education researchers using ethnographic techniques in science education research is increasing steadily and theories and methods that emanate from cultural anthropology are appropriate tools in efforts to unravel the social structure of science classrooms.


SLCSP Paper # 91

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Cobern, William W. "World view theory and science education research." National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 1991.