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Using Nonfiction Narratives In An English Course To Teach The Nature Of Science And Its Importance To Communicating About Science, Jeanine Elise Aune, Lynn Lundy Evans, Nancy Boury Mar 2018

Using Nonfiction Narratives In An English Course To Teach The Nature Of Science And Its Importance To Communicating About Science, Jeanine Elise Aune, Lynn Lundy Evans, Nancy Boury

Plant Pathology and Microbiology Publications

The nature of science (NOS) is a foundational framework for understanding scientific ideas and concepts. This framework includes scientific methodology, the process of revising and interpreting data, and the ways in which science is a social endeavor. Nature of science literature treats science as a way of knowing that is based on observable phenomenon. While discipline-specific coursework teaches the factual information of science, it may fall short on teaching scientific literacy, a key component of which is understanding NOS. We have designed an English course that features nonfiction narratives describing the early days of epidemiology, hygiene awareness, and the current ...