Values and Learning Science

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Halstead (1996) has provided a definition of values that places them as life-guiding principles (see also“Curriculum and Values”). In learning any discipline,including science, there are certain rules or paradigms that must be followed, and consequently any discipline is underpinned by values. Many of these values are discussed in “Curriculum and Values.” When learning science, students need to be aware of these values and their significance when learning science and differences with values in other disciplines they are learning. For example,rational thinking in science and mathematics maybe partly similar whereas empiricism gives science one of its unique values and qualities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Encyclopedia of Science Education. Springer, Dordrecht
EditorsRichard Gunstone
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9789400721500
ISBN (Print)9789400721494
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Creativity Curiosity Empiricism Open-mindedness Parsimony Rational thinking Skepticism Values

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