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Adapting practice-based philosophy of science to teaching of science students

Green, Sara and Andersen, Hanne and Danielsen, Kristian and Emmeche, Claus and Joas, Christian and Johansen, Mikkel Willum and Nagayoshi, Caio and Witteveen, Joeri and Sørensen, Henrik Kragh (2021) Adapting practice-based philosophy of science to teaching of science students. [Preprint]

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The “practice turn” in philosophy of science has strengthened the connections between philosophy and scientific practice. Apart from reinvigorating philosophy of science, this also increases the relevance of philosophical research for science, society, and science education. In this paper, we reflect on our extensive experience with teaching mandatory philosophy of science courses to science students from a range of programs at University of Copenhagen. We highlight some of the lessons we have learned in making philosophy of science “fit for teaching” outside of philosophy circles by taking selected cases from the students’ own field as the starting point. We argue for adapting philosophy of science teaching to particular audiences of science students, and discuss the benefits of drawing on research within science education to inform curriculum and course design. This involves reconsidering teaching resources, assumptions about students, intended learning outcomes, and teaching formats. We also argue that to make philosophy of science relevant and engaging to science students, it is important to consider their potential career trajectories. By anticipating future contexts and situations in which methodological, conceptual, and ethical questions could be relevant, philosophy of science can demonstrate its value in the education of science students.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Green, Sarasaraehrenreichgreen@gmail.com
Andersen, Hanne
Danielsen, Kristian
Emmeche, Claus
Joas, Christian
Johansen, Mikkel Willum
Nagayoshi, Caio
Witteveen, Joerijw@ind.ku.dk0000-0003-1291-9156
Sørensen, Henrik Kragh
Keywords: Teaching philosophy of science; Case-based teaching; Philosophy of science in practice; Integrated history and philosophy of science; Science didactics; Implied student
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Sara Green
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2021 03:54
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2021 03:54
Item ID: 19230
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19230

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