Evaluating Learning about the Nature of Science

Authors: Pamela C. Burnley, William Evans, & , and Olga S. Jarrett (Georgia State University)

Description: The authors studied changes in knowledge of science and attitudes regarding science among participants in a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. They developed and tested a new survey instrument based on clusters of statements representing a variety of philosophical positions. They also studied the use of open-ended questions regarding the nature of science. Statistical analysis of responses to open-ended questions was found to differentiate between college students with different science backgrounds and detect some changes over the course of their program (full abstract).

Reference: Burnley, P.C., Evans, W., & Jarrett, O.S. (2002). A Comparison of Approaches and Instruments for Evaluating a Geological Sciences Research Experiences Program. Journal of Geoscience Education, 50(1), 15-24. (Click here for a condense version)