2020 Day 1: 25th May Presentation

Understanding the significance of History and Philosophy of Science in teaching and learning Science through the lens of History of Atomism.

Maithily K.
Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement 

Since the dawn of life, the hunt for methodologies in the search of truth has formulated mankind. The attempt to internalize Nature of Science as a body of knowledge, a systematic study and a process by itself has travelled hand in hand with the evolution of civilization. At a larger scale, the comprehensive expression of these processes is compiled to articulate Science to be both objective as well as subjective at contexts.

The project has both scientific and ethical goals. The scientific goals underscore the significance of the Nature and Perspectives of Science as the underlying factor in teaching and learning Science. ‘Atomism’ is the living fossil that exemplarily explains this characteristic of Science as a way of living. The study of atoms embraced the fine line of demarcation between Philosophy and Science thereby justifying the basis of The Universe. Acquisition of this knowledge reflected several folds of changes in the regional and religious belief system, answering vast number of traditional practices thus making Science a dynamic process. The study will be equipped with analysis of Science textbooks of grade 6th to 8th for the topics of ‘Atom’ trying to understand the scope of Nature of Science across this spiral curriculum. A Semi-Structured Interview with the teachers practicing Science across these classes regarding their practice of methodologies in teaching Science will underline the ethical goal of the study. The study will be carried out in 5 schools of each cluster comprising rural, urban and semi-urban contexts of Karnataka.

History and Philosophy of Science as the preliminary foundation encourages appreciation towards learning Science thus transiting the study of Science as a subject to way of living, connecting theory to practice.