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2005

Avondale College

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Beyond Constructivism: An Introduction To Critical Realism In Science Education, Clinton Douglas Jackson Dec 2005

Beyond Constructivism: An Introduction To Critical Realism In Science Education, Clinton Douglas Jackson

Theses Bachelor Honours

In the context of social and philosophical debates concerning the nature of science, this thesis provides an introductory investigation of the application of critical realism to science education. It moves beyond the current impasse within constructivist science education and, in particular, philosophical debates that fail to represent science education as a whole. The current dominance of anti-realist positions in science education is treated as problematic. This thesis explores selected current and potential uses of critical realism in an endeavour to move beyond the perceived inadequacies of constructivism as the current paradigm of science education. The approach used is one of ...