The purpose of the single case life history study was to understand a female science teacher's conceptions of the nature of science as explicit in her practice. While this paper highlights these understandings, an additional purpose is to give a detailed account of the process of creating a life history account through more than 13 in-depth interviews. It includes a discussion of what the author calls composite observations where the observations of the teacher and the researcher are presented as a single unified story. Also discussed are ethical issues specific to life history created due to the intimacy created by such a study that required the development of a great deal of trust and rapport.
Life History, Nature of Science, Teaching and Learning in Science, and Single Case Study
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Halai, N. (2011). Understanding a Pakistani Science Teacher's Practice Through a Life History Study. The Qualitative Report, 16(4), 1034-1062. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol16/iss4/8