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Title: Evaluating Claims in Popular Science Media: Nature of Science Versus Dynamic Epistemological Knowledge
Authors: Davis, Pryce
Russ, Rosemary S.
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Davis, P. & Russ, R. S. (2012). Evaluating Claims in Popular Science Media: Nature of Science Versus Dynamic Epistemological Knowledge. In van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M. J., & Reimann, P. (Eds.), The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) – Volume 2, Short Papers, Symposia, and Abstracts (pp. 477-478). Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: A substantial body of research aims to uncover and advance people's understanding of the "nature of science" (NOS). We suggest that an exclusive focus on NOS knowledge, as defined by this research, systematically misrepresents when and how people evaluate science claims. In particular we claim three tacit assumptions that NOS research supports about knowledge--domain specificity, coherence, and decontextualization--limits its ability to uncover the broad range of ideas people regularly use when reasoning about scientific claims. We draw from interviews with adults as they watch science-related reality TV to illustrate an alternative approach to research that describes how people leverage a set of dynamic epistemological resources for making sense of science claims embedded in popular media.
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