Lesotho high school learners' understandings of the nature of scientific inquiry in relation to classroom experiences.

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dc.contributor.author Lematla, Lieketseng Justinah
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-09T08:43:32Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-09T08:43:32Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/11266
dc.description.abstract This study investigates learners‟ understandings of the nature of scientific inquiry (NOSI) in relation to their classroom experiences. Using the constructs of nature of scientific inquiry; inquiry-based teaching and learning; and principles of scientific inquiry as theoretical lenses, the study empirically explored learners‟ (n = 120) understandings of the nature of scientific inquiry which were captured through a questionnaire called Learners‟ understanding of science and scientific inquiry (LUSSI) and interviews and their perceptions of classroom inquiry (their experiences of inquiry were elicited through a questionnaire called Principles of scientific inquiry- student (PSI-S) and interviews). The participants were one hundred and twenty learners, 60 from each of two schools in an Education District in Lesotho. Eight learners, four from each school participated in the interviews. At the centre, the investigation sought to understand whether there was any relationship between learners‟ perceptions of their experiences of scientific inquiry and their understandings of the nature of scientific inquiry. As a result, this study was guided by the following questions: what are learners‟ understandings of the nature of scientific inquiry? What are learners‟ perceptions of their experiences of scientific inquiry? Are learners‟ understandings of NOSI in any way related to their experiences of scientific inquiry? Typological approach was used to analyse the qualitative data and descriptive statistics for analysing the quantitative data. The results of this study suggest that learners hold less informed understandings of the nature of scientific inquiry and that learners are experiencing closed-inquiry in their science classroom. The results also show that other learners‟ experiences of scientific inquiry are not related to their understandings of the nature of scientific inquiry. It was recommended that teachers should engage learners in inquiry activities rather than always carrying out teacher-demonstrations. It is also recommended that further studies should be done in Lesotho to examine the relationship between learners‟ understandings of NOSI and their perceptions of their classroom experiences. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Scientific inquiry en_US
dc.subject Understanding of nature of scientific inquiry en_US
dc.subject Inquiry teaching and learning en_US
dc.subject Learners' perceptions of scientific inquiry en_US
dc.subject Nature of science en_US
dc.subject Constructivism en_US
dc.title Lesotho high school learners' understandings of the nature of scientific inquiry in relation to classroom experiences. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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