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Xie, Qun; So, Winnie Wing Mui – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2012
Argumentation is recognized as a significant aspect of science education for the development of students' scientific literacy, and the science teacher is the key factor in organizing argumentative discourse in the science classroom. Composing argumentation in the classroom requires teachers to not only acquire the basic understandings and skills…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Zhou, Qing; Yan, Chungeng; Zhao, Shuyu; Liu, Liya; Xing, Lijuan – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2012
This research investigated the development of critical thinking of middle school chemistry teachers in Shaanxi province of China. In-service and pre-service teachers' critical thinking are examined in order to provide evidence for establishing teachers' standard. The sample in this study consisted of 69 in-service and 61 pre-service chemistry…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking
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Li, Yufeng; Xiong, Jianwen – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2012
Scientific inquiry is one of the science curriculum content, "Scientific inquiry" - Pedagogical Content Knowledge is the face of scientific inquiry and teachers - of course pedagogical content knowledge and scientific inquiry a teaching practice with more direct expertise. Pre-service teacher training phase of acquisition of knowledge is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Inquiry
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Chen, Nelson Cheng-Chih; Chen, Ching-Hao; Lin, Ming-chun – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2008
The applied mechanics education contest hosted by STAM (Society of Theoretical Applied Mechanics) has been held in Taiwan for several years. The contest pattern has been changed from a simple written test to an experiment-oriented test after the NSTM (National Science and Technology Museum) proceeded to hold the competition in 2005. The major…
Descriptors: Competition, Exhibits, Foreign Countries, Theory Practice Relationship
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Liu, Shu-Chiu – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2005
A recent study (Liu, 2005a, 2005b) revealed a limited number of alternative models of the universe held by young students in Taiwan and in Germany. In line with the previous findings, these alternative models frequently fall into two groups: earth-centred and sun-centred views, which draw a correspondence to the ideas in the European history of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Misconceptions, Models, Scientific Concepts
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Cho, Kit Fan – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2005
CCC Kei Wai Primary School (Ma Wan) is a 30-classroom 7-story primary school located at Ma Wan Island. The campus was completed in 2003. There are three arrays of photovoltaic modules installed on the roof with an expected annual yield of 5600 kWh a.c. electricity. This system is supported by a research project called "Building Integrated…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Class Activities