Peter Charles Sinclair Taylor

Peter Charles Sinclair Taylor
Murdoch University · Education Research Group (ERG)

PhD, MEd, BSc, DipEd

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Introduction
I have published in leading international research journals, edited books and handbooks. My research publications have been cited over 8000 times, with a Google Scholar h index of 38 and an i10 index of 93: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=xoOrm_IAAAAJ
Additional affiliations
January 2015 - present
Murdoch University
Position
  • Professor of STEAM Education
December 1985 - December 2014
Curtin University
Position
  • Associate Professor of Transformative Education

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Publications (120)
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This paper summarizes a PhD research project that has contributed towards the development of Moodle - a popular open-source course management system (moodle.com). In this project we applied theoretical perspectives such as "social constructionism" and "connected knowing" to the analysis of our own online classes as well as the growing learning comm...
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The incorporation of constructivist and critical theory perspectives on the farming of the classroom learning environment led to the development of the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES). CLES enables researchers and teacher-researchers to monitor constructivist teaching approaches and to address key restraints to the development of...
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An increasing number of researchers are investigating the effect of students’ prior knowledge and beliefs on their development of scientific concepts. Much of this research is taking place within the framework of constructivism, and is attracting the attention of science educators in non‐western countries. This integrative research review has been...
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How can science education research constitute an empowering form of professional development that generates essential higher-order skills for personally tackling the global eco-cultural crises of the 21 st Century? In this chapter we argue that graduate research schools need to provide a range of epistemologies for novice researchers to engage in t...
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The paper clarified the developing lesson plan of fertilizer dilemma story for integrated knowledge practicing through lesson study. Through the PD program using lesson study, the theoretical framework of dilemma story was adopted to reference of the developing lesson plan. Methodology regarded paradigm. Participants included primary school teacher...
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Drawing on an autoethnographic inquiry we present a first-person, narrative account of a mathematics teacher’s experience of developing an ethically responsible teaching practice. Reflective commentary on narrative vignettes illustrates the teacher’s inquiry in the role of researcher as transformative learner. Inspired by transformative learning th...
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Khon Kaen Low Carbon City (KKLCC) For Sustainable Environment In Thailand Local School Through STEAM Approach
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Climate change in Thailand is impeding the country's development, especially in the agriculture and health sectors. With increasing temperatures, sea levels have risen between 12 and 22 centimeters over the last century, creating extreme flooding across Thailand, as was seen in 2011 and 2016 [1]. Khon Kaen, the fastest growing city in the northeast...
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Humanity has created The Anthropocene, a new geological era characterized by the impact of our destructive footprint on the planet’s natural systems. However, the push to create curriculum synergies between Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-ematics (i.e., STEM) is largely ignoring this global crisis in favour of preparing students for emplo...
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In this book we illustrate how prospective educational leaders from universities in Asian, African, Middle Eastern and South Pacific nations embraced multiple research paradigms to design and conduct transformative research inquiries in which they reconceptualised their philosophies of professional practice. By engaging in artsbased critical auto/e...
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Humanity has created The Anthropocene, a new geological era characterized by the impact of our destructive footprint on the planet’s natural systems. However, the push to create curriculum synergies between Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (i.e., STEM) is largely ignoring this global crisis in favour of preparing students for employ...
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Ethical Dilemma Story Pedagogy (EDSP) is a constructivist approach to values education. Lily’s work on EDSP has focused on its use in science education where our research has demonstrated enhanced critical scientific literacy and critical self-awareness amongst students. EDSP is different from other approaches to values education such as socio-scie...
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Why should we consider integrating the Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics? Is this just another curriculum fad? In this paper I argue that STEAM (STEM + Arts) Education is an important response to the pressing need to prepare young people with higher-order abilities to deal positively and productively with 21st Century globa...
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p>Teachers from non-English-speaking background (NESB) constitute an important community of teachers in Australia, especially in Mathematics and Science discipline. During their journey of resuming teaching in Australian schools, they encounter a number of problems, including classroom management issues. Being an NESB teacher I have experienced acu...
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Stimulated by my encounter with the strange term ‘hegemony’ - a dominant ideology that is largely invisible to its adherents - I (first author) recently ‘returned’ to my experiences of being in a secondary school chemistry class. Drawing on contemporary educational research paradigms, I designed an arts-based critical auto/ethnographic methodology....
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The Bali bombings of 2002 and 2005 confronted Australia and its neighbours directly for the first time with the dangers of violent extremism. Since then, the Bali Peace Park Association (BPPA), consisting of former victims, their families and other interested parties, has been lobbying for the creation of the ‘Bali Peace Park’ to be built on one of...
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In this paper I outline reasons why integrating the Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is not just another curriculum fad but an important response to the pressing need to prepare young people with higher-order abilities to deal positively and productively with 21st Century global challenges (crises) that are impacting the e...
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Schools willing to implement education for sustainability (EfS) commonly find themselves confronted with curricula, school grounds and buildings and teaching practices that do not lend themselves easily to best practice EfS. In this article, we present what we learned about some of the challenges confronted daily by the staff of a purpose-built sus...
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The purpose of this study is to investigate a pre-service teacher’s initial implementation of constructivist physics teaching. A case study was used to explore the underlying constructivist-based physics teaching implemented by a non-experienced male pre-service physics teacher, Bass. A mixed-methods research design was used to monitor the developm...
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Motivated by Parker Palmer’s call for teachers to understand the self who teaches, I recently completed a transformative research journey of understanding my past chemistry teaching experiences. I am a university chemistry teacher educator from Indonesia, and recently participated in a three-year longitudinal co-teaching project in lower secondary...
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For nearly 50 years, constructivist theory has been making a significant contribution to education, shaping the way we think about the active role of the mind of the learner, whether student, teacher, or researcher. But to answer the question “what is constructivism?” is not an easy task; it depends on which version of constructivist theory we are...
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For students to learn meaningfully and collaboratively about these 21st Century sustainability issues it is necessary that they develop higher-level cognitive and social abilities, including critical reflective thinking, cooperative decision-making, empathic and compassionate understanding of self and other, ethical awareness and values clarificati...
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This special issue takes a contextualized and international view of the teaching of indigenous students in mathematics and science classrooms. The focus of the papers within this issue makes explicit the knowledges and resources of indigenous students and examines the classroom structures that can enhance or diminish learning. Rather than have many...
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As an experienced practitioner of contemporary qualitative research I have the challenging task of writing a chapter that brings some order and insight to our understanding of the field, whilst being careful not to over-reach myself in a vain attempt to settle, once and for all, the complexity and contestation characterising the discourse of its pr...
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For nearly 50 years, constructivist theory has been making a significant contribution to education, shaping the way we think about the active role of the mind of the learner, whether student, teacher or researcher. But to answer the question ‘what is constructivism?’ is not an easy task; it depends on which version of constructivist theory we are a...
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Since its border crossing from the social sciences 30 years ago, qualitative research has been providing science education researchers with radically new perspectives for examining and transforming curricular policies and practices. With the continual emergence of new research paradigms, however, contemporary qualitative research has evolved into a...
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This article focuses on critical reflections on my teaching identity when I engaged as a co-teacher with three science teachers and their students from different social and cultural backgrounds. I am a university based chemistry teacher educator from Indonesia who worked in a 3-year longitudinal co-teaching project in lower secondary schools in Wes...
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Diverse, disengaged and reactive: A teacher's adaptation of ethical dilemma story pedagogy as a strategy to re-engage learners in education for sustainability (pp. 97-117). In N. Mansour & R. Wegerif (Eds.).Science education for diversity: Theory and practice. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. Diverse, disengaged and reactive: A teacher's a...
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Social efficacy as canonical myths is present as curricula designed to translate global and local knowledge and manifests itself in the sub-urban experiences of daily teacher work. As teachers we need opportunities to connect the personal with a curriculum dominated identity; a human kind of experience, with research as a living guide to meaning. E...
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Research as transformative learning for meaning-centred professional development. In O. Kovbasyuk & P. Blessinger (Eds.), Meaning-centered education: International perspectives and explorations in higher education (pp.168-185). Routledge Publishing. 2 Taylor, P. C. (2013). Research as transformative learning for meaning-centred professional develop...
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In this paper we provide an overview of the characteristics of major educational research paradigms shaping contemporary educational research, ranging from the traditional positivist perspective to the latest multi-paradigmatic worldview. Our purpose is to orient students, faculty and beginning researchers to the newer paradigms that enable researc...
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Our aim in this paper is to explore beliefs about teaching and learning held by Saudi mathematics teachers and to consider the implications of metaphor for restructuring their professional practice. To investigate this issue, I (first author) designed a critical auto/ethnographic methodology with which to engage in critical reflexivity about my pre...
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Islamic societies were part of the Islamic Golden Age from the mid-8th century to the mid-13th century when they adhered closely to the principles and ethics of Islam. However, after colonialism when Islamic societies became somewhat uncritical followers of Western civilization, they lost their intellectual leadership position in the world. If Isla...
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In what ways can mathematics education research contribute to improving researchers' professional praxis? How can research in mathematics education help transform the researcher's self as a teacher/educator? In what ways can mathematics education embrace the agenda of 'research for all' to develop mathematics education as an inclusive learning ente...
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John Settlage’s article—Counterstories from White Mainstream Preservice Teachers: Resisting the Master Narrative of Deficit by Default—outlines his endeavour to enable pre-service teachers to develop culturally responsive science teaching identities for resisting the master narrative of deficit thinking when confronted by the culturally different ‘...
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Today, we are writing a different type of letter, one that celebrates the important karmic culmination of your recent lifetime and that presents our view on a number of issues you have discussed in “Describing the bricolage: Conceptualising a new rigor in qualitative research” (Kincheloe, 2001). It was this paper that introduced your textual self t...
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If our students are to become well-informed decision makers then they need to be aware of the practical applications of current developments in biotechnology, and appreciate the social and bioethical implications of this relatively new and controversial science. In this study, Year 10 (14 – 15 year old) science students in two schools were taught b...
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How can we address the problem of culturally decontextualised mathematics education faced by Nepali students who, as citizens of the world’s most recent democracy, are far from realising the positive contribution of mathematics education to the development of a socially just, egalitarian and pluralist society?
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In focusing on the Kincheloe and Tobin paper, 'The Much Exaggerated Death of Positivism,' this forum explores the hegemony of positivism in the professional practices of a group of educators whose research expertise lies in the fields of science education, mathematics education and leadership education. Responding to the first question, 'What is yo...
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A question asked by a Year 10 student – ‘What is a Mozambican chemistry?’ – constituted for me, a school teacher at the time, a matter of wonder and subsequently a key focus of interrogation for my professional practice. This critical event shaped my one‐year research journey in which writing about my own lifeworld experience was a way of inquiring...
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This issue of Cultural Studies of Science Education focuses on postcolonial theorising as a means of envisioning how science education can contribute substantially to fostering cultural diversity, identity and inclusivity in an era of economic globalization. A radically reconceptualised non/essentialist science education that discontinues its 20th...
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This forum constitutes a cogenerative inquiry using postcolonial theory drawn from the review paper by Zembylas and Avraamidou. Three teacher educators from African, Asian and Caribbean countries reflect on problems confronting their professional practices and consider the prospects of creating culturally inclusive science education. We learn that...
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This paper discusses the thesis that autoethnography as tool in research provides the researcher to examine his or her pedagogical and research practices from his or lived evocative experiences. The essence of this paper is to seek the possibilities of linking autoethnography as a method of inquiry that catalyses the transformative pedagogy positiv...
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Adopting a self-conscious form of co-generative writing and employing a bricolage of visual images and literary genres we draw on a recent critical auto/ethnographic inquiry to engage our readers in pedagogical thoughtfulness about the problem of culturally decontextualised mathematics education in Nepal, a country rich in cultural and linguistic d...
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Qualitative educational research has evolved dramatically over the last 25 years, from early participant-observation studies painting descriptive portraits of happenings in classrooms to today’s multi-perspectival and critical reflexive studies employing literary devices to transform the consciousness of both the researcher and the reader. This exc...
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What should and should not be taught in science classrooms in Mozambique? Who should decide? This paper, based on the arts-based doctoral research of an African science teacher educator, addresses these questions. I (Cupane 1) am contributing from my cultural perspective and from my understanding of who we (Mozambicans) are; from my understanding o...
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Adopting a method of writing as inquiry, the paper deconstructs the overriding image of mathematics as a body of pure knowledge, thereby constructing an integral perspective of a socially just mathematics education in Nepal, a south Asian nation that is spiritually and historically rich and culturally and linguistically diverse. Combining a bricola...
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This volume offers a unique set of research exemplars for science, mathematics and technology educators. The volume explores the important challenge of how to translate leading-edge methodologies into practical research strategies and techniques. The book is divided into three major sections, The Golden Age of Research, Meeting the Research Crises...
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Based on their reading of Keith's Story, by Richard Kozoll and Margery Osborne, and my response to it, Allan Luke and Katie Weir invite me to consider the following. When we take Keith as a model migrant or indigenous subject – is this a new kind of nativism? Having established a critique of dominant Western science, its unsavoury histories, origin...
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This article describes the adaptation and validation of the Constructivist OnLine Learning Environment Survey (COLLES) for use in the transnational higher education context. As higher education becomes a more global phenomenon, ‘borderless’ education, either online or by distance education, is becoming a reality and there is a need for remote evalu...
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For over 20 years, science education has been a site of struggle between adherents of the antithetical epistemologies of objectivism and constructivism; recently, proponents of personal and social constructivism also have locked horns. However, at the beginning of the 21st Century, we are entering an age of pluralism, of tolerance for multiple and...
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I have been invited to discuss ‘Keith’s Story’, authored by Richard Kozoll and Margery Osborne. In working with bald text, however, I am aware that there is a real and present danger of privileging the rational over the heart-felt and resorting to what Clinchy (1996) described as a ‘separate way of knowing’, in which the ideas of one’s discourse pa...
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In this article we portray an inquiry into the problematic impact of the Chinese National Examination system on Chinese chemistry teaching and learning. The inquiry was conducted as a soulful autoethnography, illuminating the first‐hand experiences of a Chinese chemistry teacher struggling to reconcile contradictions between his humanistic ideals (...
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In this chapter we focus on autobiographical inquiry as a transformative tool for professional educators: (a) to examine critically and creatively ways in which their own moral values impact their everyday choices and decisions, and (b) to develop a practical wisdom with which to make better professional choices and decisions. We are particularly i...
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This study was designed to contribute to the development of science teacher education grounded in a Mozambican context. How well the university system prepares science teachers to teach in a Mozambican context was examined by adopting an auto-ethnographic research approach. (KHR)
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I have strong empathy for the subject matter of this book and admiration for fellow educators flying the banner of radical educational reform in the face of the ill-wind of right-wing fundamentalism that is scouring the educational landscape worldwide. Despite having witnessed the travails of reform-minded teachers struggling to give expression to...
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Spirituality, a basic characteristic of all people, is vital to health (; ) and therefore knowledge about this phenomenon is important for nurses. Australia's population has been defined as multicultural with successive Governments encouraging the maintenance of peoples' cultural heritage. Moreover, the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (A...
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This workshop outlines the relationship between videogames and contemporary views of learning, with the aim of informing educators and game developers alike, thereby strengthening bonds between the game industry and academia. In particular it illustrates why academics are beginning to recognize and understand the potential of games as a means for p...
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This paper set emerged from an international symposium that aimed to shed light on issues associated with the enactment of inquiry both as means (i.e., inquiry as an in-structional approach) and as ends (i.e., inquiry as a learning outcome) in precollege science classrooms. The symposium contributors were charged with providing perspectives from
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In recent years the popularity of qualitative research in science education has increased dramatically. This is an evolving field in which new forms, such as critical autobiographical research, are emerging. This form of research focuses on the researcher’s own life-history, involves writing in the narrative first person voice, and can give unique...
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This paper presents an exploration of conversation in a single episode of whole-class work in a Year 12,all girls' Calculus class. The analysis is cast in terms of Habermasian communicative competence, which requires students to evidence critical thinking and the ability to express their views. Favourable learning outcomes in the class are explaine...
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Computer games seem to captivate the imagination and attention of contemporary teenagers. If only the energy, motivation, fun and exhilaration they enjoy from playing games on their PC, or on consoles such as PlayStation 2, GameCube, XBOX, and Dreamcast, could be captured in learning physics! Andrew Stapleton, a doctoral student under Dr. Peter Tay...
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This book comes at a time when epistemological reform is sweeping through the global community of science education. Since the 1970s, the theories of knowing embodied in the teaching activities of school science teachers have been undergoing a major transformation toward more learner-sensitive standpoints. Undergraduate science teaching however, th...
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Describes the use of computer-mediated communication to develop a cooperative learning community among students in a Web-based distance education unit for practicing science and mathematics educators in Australia and Pacific Rim countries. Discusses use of the social constructivist and constructionist conceptions of teaching and learning. (Author/L...
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This paper presents an inquiry into students' conceptual development of a graphics calculator function for direction. The focus is primarily on one student. Her understanding is seen to be constituted and evidenced by her actions, including writing, frequent conversations with a peer, occasional contributions to class discussion and sustained use o...
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This paper presents an inquiry into teaching and learning practices in a Year 11 mathematics class at a private college for girls in Western Australia, studying a topic on vectors. The focus is on learning through problem-solving, where students used graphics calculators as a matter of routine. Constructivist and sociocultural theories were referen...
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This article focuses on the validation and use of English and Chinese versions of the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES) in a cross-national study of high school science classrooms in Australia and Taiwan. The CLES was administered to 1081 students from 50 classes in Australia and 1879 students from 50 classes in Taiwan. Data analysi...
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Teachers of science, mathematics and technology Australia wide are being required to transform their established epistemologies of practice in order to engage learners as active conceptualisers within socially interactive learning environments. Many teachers are enrolling in postgraduate distance education programs to assist them with this challeng...
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This ethnographic-interpretive study builds on recent cross-cultural research by examining the permeability of non-Western students' worldviews to the official Western school view. The study involved interview and case study techniques with 3 village elders and 15 high school students in a developing South Pacific country, and focused on the releva...
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This paper draws on the personal experiences of an 'outsider' (or Western-oriented) science teacher and science teacher educator who has lived in Melanesian countries for almost a decade. During a recent interpretive research study of the problematic relationship between the traditional worldviews of Melanesian villagers and the official school sci...
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Presents research that evaluated the extent to which a biotechnology course enabled female secondary students to develop the skills to analyze bioethical issues. The emergent significance of the study lies in the recognition of the value systems that underpin the ethical decision-making processes of teenage girls. Contains 20 references. (Author/WR...
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This paper presents a reflective account of a science teacher’s endeavours to use the referent of critical constructivism to transform her pedagogical practices. The context of her action research was a Year 10 Bioethics unit taught at an independent girls’ school in Perth, Western Australia. Students were provided with opportunities to engage in o...
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This paper reports on the latest outcomes of an ongoing cross national research project that examines the relationship between teachers' beliefs about the nature of science and the classroom learning environment from a reform-oriented constructivist perspective in junior high school science classrooms in Australia and Taiwan. The focus is on an inn...
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In this chapter, my concern is to sketch the characteristics of several threads of life -- knowing, being and valuing -- that I feel have an important place in science teachers' endeavours to develop constructivist pedagogies. I draw on my 'personal experiences' as an educational reformer who has worked collaboratively with teachers to create const...
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In the introduction to this book, a critical question was raised: Whose interests are being served by science education Of course, the very asking of this question foreshadows a common dimension to the types of insight one might expect from the ensuing chapters. The question is, indeed, a hallmark of a social constructivist perspective on the gener...
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Our experiences as teachers and educational researchers indicate a general enthusiasm amongst science teachers for constructivist-based teaching practices aimed at improving the quality of student learning. However, even when teachers believe that constructivism is an appropriate epistemology (or way of knowing), they struggle to implement and main...
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I am not just a researcher who observes life, I am also a parent and teacher who stands pedagogically in life. Indeed, is it not odd that educational researchers often seem to need to overlook the children’s interests (including their own children’s interests) in order to pursue their research careers which are supposed to be in the interests of th...
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Elsewhere, I have argued the need for science educators to create a richer tapestry of education, one that weaves together in a well-considered way the threads of knowing (epistemology), being (ontology) and valuing (axiology) (Taylor, in press). These are essential threads that are constitutive of the intersecting and overlapping daily lifeworlds...
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Elsewhere, I have argued the need for science educators to create a richer tapestry of education, one that weaves together in a well-considered way the threads of knowing (epistemology), being (ontology) and valuing (axiology). These are essential threads that are constitutive of the intersecting and overlapping daily lifeworlds of teachers and stu...
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The supportive role of the research supervisor in an action research study is explored. This critical account of a relationship between a research supervisor and a postgraduate research student was prompted by a sense of disquiet and lack of harmony that developed during a year-long action research study. In the role of a teacher-researcher with a...