Teaching and Learning of the Nature of Science and Technology: A Look from a Developing Country

By Lakhan Lal Yadav and Manish Shrivastava.

Published by The Learner Collection

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To help students develop adequate conceptions of the nature of science and technology, and scientific inquiry has been one of the important objectives of science and technology education. For the effective teaching and learning of the nature of science and technology, it is important to investigate what the learners already know about the nature of science and technology. We studied the conceptions of Rwandan students about the nature of science and technology. In this study, we identified several common misconceptions of Rwandan students about the nature of science and technology. If we want to improve significantly students’ learning of science and technology, it is indispensable to change their unfavourable views and beliefs about the nature of science and technology. We discussed in detail some suggestions for improvement of conceptions among students and teachers about the nature of science and technology.

Keywords: Teaching and Learning, The Nature of Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp.119-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 550.165KB).

Dr. Lakhan Lal Yadav

Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Kigali Institute of Education, Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda

I obtained my Ph.D. in Physics from University of Rajasthan, India. At present, I am working as an Associate Professor at Department of Mathematics and Physics, Kigali Institute of Education, Kigali, Rwanda. I have published several papers in the fields of plasma physics, laser acoustics and science education. My fields of current interest are: plasma physics and science education.

Manish Shrivastava

Senior Lecturer, Department of CEIT, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda

I am an M.Sc in Electronics and M.Phil in Computer Applications. Presently I am working as a Senior Lecturer at Department of CEIT, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Kigali, Rwanda. I also have software development experience specially web based systems using Java and Microsoft technologies. My current areas of interest are software engineering, e-learning and computer networks. I have published many research papers in various conferences.

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