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Aktamis, Hilal; Acar, Esin; Unal Coban, Gul – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2015
It is important to structure children's knowledge and arouse their interest in subjects like astronomy and space. Although we now talk of travelling to the moon, space tourism etc., knowledge about astronomy and space is limited and perceptions of these subjects do not reflect scientific reality. Primary level students often have misconceptions…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Astronomy, Student Interests, Misconceptions
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Sert Çibik, Ayse – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2014
The purpose of this research was to investigate the primary education second level students' motivations towards science learning in terms of various factors. Within the research, the variation of the total motivational scores in science learning according to the gender, class, socio-economic levels, success in science-technology course and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Motivation, Science Education, Scores
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Ozkan, Gulbin; Sezgin Selcuk, Gamze – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2013
Misconceptions are the number one factor leading students to failure when studying physics. To teach physics effectively, misconceptions must be spotted and overcome. Conceptual change texts are of great use in identifying and dealing with fallacies. Such texts can help physics teachers diagnose student misconceptions and the reasons for these,…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Metin, Mustafa – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2010
The aim of this study is to develop a general attitude scale about environmental issues (GASE) for students in different grade levels. The research was carried out with the total 1225 students; 409 (33.4%) were primary school students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8; 408 (33.3%) of the students were in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 at high schools and the…
Descriptors: Expertise, Student Attitudes, Measures (Individuals), Factor Analysis
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Cepni, Salih; Sahin, Cigdem; Ipek, Hava – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2010
The purpose of this study was to test the influences of prepared instructional material based on the 5E instructional model combined with CCT, CC, animations, worksheets and POE on conceptual changes about floating and sinking concepts. The experimental group was taught with teaching material based on the 5E instructional model enriched with…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Cartoons, Instructional Materials
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Akcay, Hakan; Yager, Robert E.; Iskander, Srini M.; Turgut, Halil – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2010
The study reports on an investigation of the impact of a Science-Technology-Society (STS) approach in promoting more positive student attitudes toward science that are recommended by current reform documents. A total of 609 students from grades six through nine were selected for a survey of attitudes in two class sections assigned as either…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Textbooks, Science and Society, Educational Change
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Sahin, Cigdem; Ipek, Hava; Ayas, Alipasa – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2008
In this article we investigated 4th, 6th, and 8th grade students' misconceptions about light, sight, vision, source of light and examined students' conceptual development of these concepts at different grade levels. Data collection was done using five two-tiered test questions with one open-ended question, an interview about concepts and a drawing…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Vision, Concept Formation, Grade 8
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Kocakulah, Sabri; Ustunluoglu, Evrim; Kocakulah, Aysel – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2005
The effectiveness of teaching academic courses such as mathematics and science in a foreign language has been investigated by several international studies in the literature. Even though the studies conducted have brought up contradictory results, most of them reveal that learning academic courses through a foreign language medium may pose…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Effectiveness, Second Language Learning, Energy
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Ünal, Suat; Costu, Bayram – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2005
The aim of this study is to investigate grade-eight students' conceptions of sinking and floating. Firstly, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 students to determine students' difficulties and to develop a multiple-choice diagnostic test. In designing the content of the interview questions, grade-eight science curriculum, research on…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 8, Semi Structured Interviews, Multiple Choice Tests
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Gökdere, Murat – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2005
The education system in Turkey has responded promptly to the need for environmental education (EE). However, the existing lack of relevant research may limit the functionality of EE programs in Turkey. In this study, the goal was to develop an environmental conscious database that would allow effective planning of EE. Specifically, the study was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Educational Planning, Environment
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Çepni, Salih; Özsevgeç, Tuncay; Cerrah, Lale – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2004
Students' abstract reasoning abilities can differ from one society to another. Students' profiles play significant roles in these differences. The aim of the study is to determine the relationship between middle school students' cognitive development levels and their profiles (age, gender, and science achievement) using the Science Cognitive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Development, Middle School Students, Abstract Reasoning