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Article review : Sample 1
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Bell, R.L. & Lederman. (2003). Understandings of the nature of science and decision making on science and technology based issues. Science Education, vol.87, no.3, p.352-77, viewed 15 March 2005, EBSCOhost database Academic Search Premier, item: AN9578033 Introduction

This review critically reviews the article ‘Understandings of the nature of science and decision making on science and technology based issues’ by Randy L. Bell and Norman G. Lederman which appeared in the journal Science Education.  The review will firstly summarise the article. Secondly, it will briefly analyse the effectiveness of the article’s structure, investigating how the information is set out and whether the reader can access it efficiently.  Thirdly, the review will critique the article, evaluating its authority, accuracy, currency, relevance, objectivity and stability. The review will also analyse the graph before finally judging the article’s accessibility and credibility. Overall the article was well written, clear and relevant. Article Summary

The purpose of the article was to investigate whether knowledge of the nature of science impacted on decision-making regarding science and technology based issues.  The article also determined the factors and reasoning used to reach decisions.  The study involved 21 adult volunteers, selected from university professors and research scientists from across the United States.  The participants completed two open-ended questionnaires and subsequent interviews.  The first questionnaire and follow up interview were designed to assess participant’s decision making.  Participants were then grouped according to their views on the nature of science as gauged by the second questionnaire and follow up interview.  The group’s overall decision making were then profiled using the responses to the Decision Making Questionnaires and follow up interviews.  After comparison of both group profiles, it was found that there was...
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