The Development of Bangladeshi Science Teachers' Conceptions of the Nature of Science

By Md. Ziaul Abedin Forhad and Khajornsak Buaraphan.

Published by The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

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The nature of science (NOS) is widely regarded as one important strand for students. The major responsibility of science teachers is to develop an adequate informed understanding about NOS in the students they teach. To do that, basically, science teachers themselves must possess an adequate informed understanding about NOS. The purposes of this study are: a) to explore Bangladeshi science teachers’ conceptions of NOS and b) to develop their NOS conceptions. The study revealed that a significant number of science teachers in Bangladesh held uninformed conceptions of NOS. However, the workshop designed for this study could help the participating science teachers develop more informed conceptions of NOS. The educational context of Bangladesh potentially affected science teachers’ awareness of the importance of NOS teaching and learning, and also their conceptions of NOS.

Keywords: Nature of Science, Science Teacher, Bangladesh

The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.13-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 250.959KB).

Md. Ziaul Abedin Forhad

Ph.D. Student, Mahidol University, The Insitute for Innovative Learning, Phuttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

I am a Ph.D. student majoring in science and technology education at the Institute for Innovative Learning. My areas of interest are the nature of science and science teacher professional development.

Assoc. Prof. Khajornsak Buaraphan

Lecturer, Institute for Innovative Learning, Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

I graduated with a PhD degree in science education from Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand in 2006. I am now work as a lecturer at the Institute for Innovative Learning, Mahidol University in Thailand. I teach subjects such as general science education, and teaching and learning in science courses. I am interested in nature of science, pedagogical content knowledge, and science teaching and learning.