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Sermsirikarnjana, Pongsuwat; Kiddee, Krissana; Pupat, Phadungchai – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2017
In Thailand, 318,500 students were enrolled in vocational courses in 2015. Under the new 20-year educational plan, the ratio of vocational to general students is projected to increase from 38:62 to 60:40, which is required to meet the goals of Thailand's new digitally enabled, knowledge based, economic model under Thailand 4.0. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Process Skills, Needs Assessment, Vocational Education
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Srikoom, Wachira; Hanuscin, Deborah L.; Faikhamta, Chatree – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2017
While increased attention has been put on approaches to teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), little has been reported on teachers' views, perceptions, and beliefs about teaching STEM. Such knowledge is needed to inform efforts to support innovative teaching of STEM subjects in classrooms. In this study, 154 in-service…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Attitudes, STEM Education, Foreign Countries
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Sripongwiwat, Supathida; Bunterm, Tassanee; Srisawat, Niwat; Tang, Keow Ngang – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2016
The aim of this study was to examine the effect, after intervention on both experimental and control groups, of constructionism and neurocognitive-based teaching model, and conventional teaching model, on the science learning outcomes and creative thinking of Grade 11 students. The researchers developed a constructionism and neurocognitive-based…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Outcomes of Education, Pretests Posttests
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Buaraphan, Khajornsak – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2016
In-service science teachers in Thailand are mandated to conduct classroom research, which can be quantitative and qualitative research, to improve teaching and learning. Comparing to quantitative research, qualitative research is a research approach that most of the Thai science teachers are not familiar with. This situation impedes science…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Action Research, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Buaraphan, Khajornsak; Abedin Forhad, Ziaul – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2014
Understanding of nature of science (NOS) serves as one of the desirable characteristics of science teachers. The current study explored 55 Thai and 110 Bangladeshi in-service secondary science teachers' conceptions of NOS regarding scientific knowledge, scientific method, scientists' work, and scientific enterprise, by using the Myths of Science…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis
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Ng, Betsy Ling-Ling – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2012
Learning of science has been traditionally conducted in classrooms or in the form of lectures. Science education is usually context-specific learning as students are taught a particular module of content in class. In problem-based learning, they are provided with examples of problems in which they learn how to solve these types of problems.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Learning Strategies, Service Learning
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Buaraphan, Khajornsak; Sung-ong, Sunun – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
The conceptions of the nature of science (NOS), particularly scientific knowledge, scientific method, scientists' work, and scientific enterprise, of 113 Thai pre-service science teachers were was captured by the Myths of Science Questionnaire (MOSQ) in the first semester of the 2008 academic year. The data was quantitatively and qualitatively…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientific Attitudes