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Title: Investigating Views of Science- and Humanities- Tertiary Educated Adults on Complementary and Alternative Medicines
Contributor(s): Quinn, Frances  (author)orcid ; Taylor, Neil  (author)orcid ; Coll, Richard Kevin (author); McClune, William (author)
Publication Date: 2016
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education
420899 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
9304 School/Institution
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: undefined
Abstract: This qualitative study explored the understandings of people with a university education in science and those without a university science background about the evidence base relating to Complementary and Alternative Medicine- a controversial multibillion-dollar industry on a global scale. The findings indicated that science- trained and nonscience- trained respondents alike valued scientific rigor and testing in relation to health care but also used subjective kinds of evidence in justifying their views and decisions about CAMS. In addition, both science and humanities graduates engaged with evidence in similar ways as defined by "habits of mind." These findings are discussed in relation to their implications for science education and engagement with scientific ideas, including scientific literacy and the belief systems that people bring to their understanding of science.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Science in Society, 8(3), p. 31-50
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Place of Publication: Champaign, United States of America
ISSN: 1836-6236
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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