Considerations about the Presence of Nature of Science in Official Educational Documents: A Very Brief Comparison between DCN (Brazil) and NGSS (USA)


  • André Batista Noronha Federal Institute of Science and Education of São Paulo (IFSP), Brazil


Nature of science, Science Education Standards, NGSS, DCN


.Nowadays the importance of History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science (HPSS) for science education is a consensus in the research area. After several years, it was built what is called today Consensus Vision of Nature of Science (CVNOS), based mostly in the works of Lederman and collaborators (2007) and also McComas (1998), among others. The CVNOS, or the “Lederman`s seven” as it is know (Matthews, 2012), was an important achievement in the area, however, only after some few years its contributions came up explicitly or effectively inside official educational documents worldwide. Nevertheless, when it became a new fashion, heated debates arose about the philosophical foundations of the CVNOS. And it paved the way for several critics (not only philosophical) over the so-called "Lederman's Seven." In this work we examined some of CVNOS impacts in the discourse of two official educational documents: the Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais (DCN, or National Curriculum Guidelines) in Brazil (Brasil, 2013) and the Next Generation Science Education Standards in the United States (NGSS, 2013). We point out to the similarities and differences on the NOS approach in both documents, discussing its failures and achievements.


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Noronha, A. B. (2019). Considerations about the Presence of Nature of Science in Official Educational Documents: A Very Brief Comparison between DCN (Brazil) and NGSS (USA). International Journal of Physics &Amp; Chemistry Education, 10(3), 67–69. Retrieved from