Effect of Student Level Variables on Elementary Students’ Nature of Science Views

Hacıeminoğlu, Esma
Ertepınar, Hamide
Yılmaz Tüzün, Özgül
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E. Hacıeminoğlu, H. Ertepınar, and Ö. Yılmaz Tüzün, “Effect of Student Level Variables on Elementary Students’ Nature of Science Views,” 2010, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://narst.org/sites/default/files/2019-07/2010_Abstracts.pdf.