The role of values in chemistry education

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In considering the role of values in chemistry education, there are a number of assumptions made that may not be all that obvious. For example, many people would contend that chemistry (and science) is value-free as it strives to provide an objective view to explain natural phenomena. In a similar vein the idea of values in chemistry education may also be considered value-free, or if there are values associated with chemistry education, are they attributable to only the education aspects. This statement raises the question of how chemistry education is different from chemistry. Additionally, there can be assumptions about what we mean by values and how are they different from beliefs and attitudes. What is also important here is how do values have an impact on learning and teaching, particularly in relation to chemistry. This chapter will explore these issues and assumptions and not only what they mean from a research perspective, but also how we can explore such issues in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRelevant Chemistry Education: From Theory to Practice
EditorsIngo Eilks, Avi Hofstein
Place of PublicationRotterdam The Netherlands
PublisherSense Publishers
Pages101 - 118
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9789463001731
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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