Springer, Dordrecht


1316 Pages

ISBN 978-94-007-7653-1

International handbook of research in history, philosophy and science teaching

Edited by

Michael R. Matthews

This inaugural handbook documents the distinctive research field that utilizes history and philosophy in investigation of theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in the teaching of science and mathematics. It is contributed to by 130 researchers from 30 countries; it provides a logically structured, fully referenced guide to the ways in which science and mathematics education is,   informed by the history and philosophy of these disciplines, as well as by the philosophy of education more generally. The first handbook to coverthe field, it lays down a much-needed marker of progress to date and provides a platform for informed and coherent future analysis and research of the subject.

The publication comes at a time of heightened worldwide concern over the standard of science and mathematics education, attended by fierce debate over how best to reform curricula and enliven student engagement in the subjects There is a growing recognition among educators and policy makers that the learning of science must dovetail with learning about science; this handbook is uniquely positioned as a locus for the discussion.

The handbook features sections on pedagogical, theoretical, national, and biographical research, setting the literature of each tradition in its historical context. Each chapter engages in an assessment of the strengths and weakness of the research addressed, and suggests potentially fruitful avenues of future research. A key element of the handbook's broader analytical framework is its identification and examination of unnoticed philosophical assumptions in science and mathematics research. It reminds readers at a crucial juncture that there has been a long and rich tradition of historical and philosophical engagements with science and mathematics teaching, and that lessons can be learnt from these engagements for the resolution of current theoretical, curricular and pedagogical questions that face teachers and administrators.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7654-8

Full citation:

Matthews, M. R. (ed) (2014). International handbook of research in history, philosophy and science teaching, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents


Matthews Michael R.


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Pendulum motion

Matthews Michael R.


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Teaching optics

Galili Igal


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Teaching and learning electricity

Guisasola Jenaro


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Meeting the challenge

Greca Ileana M.; Freire Olival


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Philosophy of chemistry in chemical education

Erduran Sibel; Mugaloglu Ebru Z


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History and philosophy of science and the teaching of evolution

Kampourakis Kostas; Nehm Ross H.


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Twenty-first-century genetics and genomics

Gericke Niklas M.; Smith Mike U.


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The contribution of history and philosophy to the problem of hybrid views about genes in genetics teaching

Niño El-Hani Charbel; Almeida Maria; M. Magalhães João Carlos


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Contextualising the teaching and learning of ecology

Lefkaditou Ageliki; Korfiatis Konstantinos; Hovardas Tasos


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Teaching controversies in earth science

Dolphin Glenn; Dodick Jeff


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Perspectives of history and philosophy on teaching astronomy

Tignanelli Horacio; Benétreau-Dupin Yann


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The science of the universe

Kragh Helge


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The development, use, and interpretation of nature of science assessments

Lederman Norman G.; Bartos Stephen A.; Lederman Judith S.


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New directions for nature of science research

Irzik Gürol; Nola Robert


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Postmodernism and science education

Mackenzie Jim; Good Ron; Brown James M; Brown James Christian; Brown Robert


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Social studies of science and science teaching

Kutrovátz Gábor; Zemplén Gábor Á.


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Generative modelling in physics and in physics education

Koponen Ismo T.; Tala Suvi


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Models in science and in learning science

Passmore Cynthia; Svoboda Gouvea Julia; Giere Ronald N.


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Laws and explanations in biology and chemistry

Dagher Zoubeida R.; Erduran Sibel


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Thought experiments in science and in science education

Asikainen Mervi A.; Hirvonen Pekka E.


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