The intent of this book is to describe how a professor can provide a learning environment that assists students in coming to grips with the nature of science and engineering, to understand science and engineering concepts, and to solve problems in science and engineering courses. The book is based upon articles published in Science Educational Research and which are grounded in educational research (both quantitative and qualitative) performed by the author over many years.
Part I: How Students Learn Science.- 1. Introduction.- 2. Intellectual Development and Psychological Types.- 3. Students Alternative Scientific Conceptions.- 4. Writing to Learn: Reflective Writing.- 5. What is the students' Worldview?.- Part II: Theoretical and Learning Perspectives.- 6. Educational Models Based upon Philosophy of Science.- 7. Critical Thinking.- 8. Constructing an Epistemology.- 9. Changing How Students Learn.- Part III: Final Thoughts.- 10. Courses for Non-science Students.- 11. Computer Assisted Instruction. - 12. Summing Up.