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GEOED-RESEARCH July 2009

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Re: nature of science survey

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Steven Semken <[log in to unmask]>

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GEOEDUCATION RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 13 Jul 2009 20:04:41 -0700

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Hi Eric

Good question, and I believe the answer is no.  Tony developed these instruments primarily for use in college biology, and in the case of the CTSR many of the items involve quantitative biological problems.  They have been applied to a variety of PD activities as well, including some that applied H-D analysis to Earth science problems.  Unfortunately they had small N.  

This is why I also mentioned Julie Libarkin's 2001 survey, which is NOSS-like but includes items related to geologists and the Earth, and which was validated in college geology courses.  

Unless somebody checks in with a more "NOGS"-like instrument, I think any of these surveys could be used to assess PD, but one would certainly have to consider the discipline-based differences in scientific method and reasoning when interpreting any pre-post changes.

Cheers

Steve

Steven Semken, Ph.D., Associate Professor
School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University
POB 871404, Tempe AZ 85287 USA
http://semken.asu.edu



-----Original Message-----
From: GEOEDUCATION RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP on behalf of Eric J. Pyle
Sent: Mon 13-Jul-09 18:03
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: nature of science survey
 
  Steve,

  You've raised an interesting point here, re:
  hypothetico-deductive and experimental methods,
  which are arguably different than many methods
  applied in the geosciences.  So the question that I
  might ask is what is the relative validity of the
  instrumentation when applied in geoscience
  professional development settings?   Have you run
  across specific references that address this
  question?  Just curious, more than anything else.

  Regards,
  Eric Pyle

  ---- Original message ----

    Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 17:09:54 -0700
    From: Steven Semken <[log in to unmask]>
    Subject: Re: nature of science survey
    To: [log in to unmask]
    >Hi Andrea
    >
    >The CTSR is a test of scientific reasoning in
    problem-solving; not so much a pure NOS survey,
    but a good test of scientific habits of mind and
    hypothetico-deductive reasoning complementary to
    understanding of NOS. Some, but not all, of the
    items are based in experimental methods. I put the
    instrument out there just in case it proves of use
    (e.g., in triangulation).
    >
    >I don't think NOSS is online, but I e-mailed Tony
    to check on this.
    >
    >Cheers
    >Steve
    >
    >Steven Semken, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    >School of Earth and Space Exploration
    >Arizona State University
    >POB 871404, Tempe AZ 85287 USA
    >http://semken.asu.edu
    >
    >
    >
    >-----Original Message-----
    >From: GEOEDUCATION RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP on
    behalf of Andrea R Bair
    >Sent: Mon 13-Jul-09 16:51
    >To: [log in to unmask]
    >Subject: Re: nature of science survey
    >
    >Hi Julie and Elizabeth (and others interested)
    >I'm not familiar with the NOSS, but have used
    both the Lawson Test of
    >scientific reasoning and the VNOS (Views on the
    Nature of Science
    >Survey). The Lawson test is, as I recall,
    primarily focused on
    >experimental methods, which may or may not be
    what you're after. The
    >VNOS is a set of open-ended questions, and is
    available (along with
    >references) at:
    >
    >http://www.flaguide.org/tools/diagnostic/views_of_nature_questionnaire.php
    >
    >Steve, is there a reference or weblink to the
    NOSS?
    >
    >cheers,
    >Andrea
    >
    >
    >Steven Semken wrote:
    >> My colleague Tony Lawson developed a Classroom
    Test of Scientific Reasoning and a Nature of
    Science Survey. The CTSR is valid and reliable and
    has been used in a number of peer-reviewed
    studies. I believe the NOSS, which is newer, has
    also been validated--but I am not certain of this.
    Julie and Elizabeth, I'll send them to you
    separately. Anyone else who would like them is
    welcome to e-mail me at [log in to unmask]
    >>
    >> Julie Libarkin also developed a NOS survey--see
    JGE v.49 p. 435.
    >>
    >> Best regards,
    >> Steve
    >>
    >> Steven Semken, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    >> School of Earth and Space Exploration
    >> Arizona State University
    >> POB 871404, Tempe AZ 85287 USA
    >> http://semken.asu.edu
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> -----Original Message-----
    >> From: GEOEDUCATION RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP on
    behalf of Elizabeth A. Nagy-Shadman
    >> Sent: Mon 13-Jul-09 15:55
    >> To: [log in to unmask]
    >> Subject: Re: nature of science survey
    >>
    >> If someone has something for Julie, I'd
    appreciate a copy, too!
    >> Thanks!
    >> Elizabeth
    >>
    >> Elizabeth Shadman, Ph.D.
    >> Natural Sciences Division, E210D
    >> Pasadena City College
    >> 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
    >> Pasadena, CA 91106
    >>
    >> Chair, GSA Geoscience Education Division
    >>
    >> office: 626-585-3369
    >> fax: 626-585-7978
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> -----Original Message-----
    >> From: GEOEDUCATION RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP on
    behalf of Julie Sexton
    >> Sent: Mon 7/13/2009 1:25 PM
    >> To: [log in to unmask]
    >> Subject: nature of science survey
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Colleagues,
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I am looking for a nature of science instrument
    that I can
    >> administer to elementary teachers participating
    in a professional development
    >> program. I would like to administer the
    instrument pre and post to investigate
    >> change in teachers knowledge of the nature of
    science.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Does anybody have a recommendation for a valid
    and reliable
    >> nature of science instrument that would be
    appropriate for teachers in a PD
    >> program?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> You can send suggestions to me at
    [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]
    >> Regards, Julie
    >>
    >>
    >> ----------------------
    >> Julie Sexton, Ph.D.
    >> Research Associate, Geoscience Education
    >> Math and Science Teaching Institute
    >> University of Northern Colorado
    >> [log in to unmask]
    >>
    >
    >--
    >Andrea Bair, PhD
    >Research Associate, Science Teaching Fellow
    >Department of Geological Sciences, Science
    Education Initiative
    >University of Colorado at Boulder
    >Email: [log in to unmask]
    >Tel: 303.492.7025



Eric J. Pyle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Geology and Environmental Science
James Madison University
MSC 6903
Harrisonburg, VA  22807

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Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it"

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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