This study conducted an analysis of the trend to applying the case study method in science teaching, specifically chemistry. To that end, an implicative statistical analysis was carried out in 71 issues of Science Education Journals between 2005 and 2015.
Analysis revealed important implicative hierarchical relations in the trends to case studies in the articles investigated, where the biological and interdisciplinary sciences appear more in papers that use case studies applied to teaching. This type of application is more present in foreign journals and in higher learning, with mathematics, physics, and sciences more prevalent in studies that apply the method to research, and chemistry on the interface of these two applications.
The latter use of the method is more common in national journals and elementary education. For chemistry teaching, the present study suggests the need to implement pedagogic practices that use the case study methodology at different teaching levels.
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