Could philosophy inform biology education?

RENIA GASPARATOU, MARIDA ERGAZAKI

Abstract


This paper reports on the rationale of a study that aims at exploring whether philosophical theories of concept formation can inform biology education. Thus, we will first summarize some basic philosophical theories that try to explain how humans form concepts like ANIMAL, FISH, etc. And then, we will suggest that such theories can help us design learning environments to promote rigorous mechanisms of concept formation and facilitate young children in the classification of living organisms and the construction of a more meaningful understanding of the biological world.


Keywords


Concept formation, philosophy, biology education, classification of living organisms

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Educational Journal of the University of Patras UNESCO Chair, ISSN: 2241-9152

Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education University of Patras.

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