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Abdullah, Helmi – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2014
Nowadays, many researchers discovered various effective strategies in teaching physics, from traditional to modern strategy. However, research on physics problem solving is still inadequate. Physics problem is an integral part of physics learning and requires strategy to solve it. Besides that, problem solving is the best way to convey principle,…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Physics, Motion, Science Education
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Kwok, Ping-Wai – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2013
Planisphere is a simple and useful tool in locating constellations of the night sky at a specific time, date and geographic location. However it does not show the planet positions because planets are not fixed on the celestial sphere. It is known that the planet orbital planes are nearly coplanar and close to the ecliptic plane. By making…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Equipment, Visual Aids, Hands on Science
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Edwards, Frances – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2013
This paper considers the standards-based assessment system used for high school science in New Zealand and explores the required assessment literacy of teachers working within this system, using a simple focus-area model. In New Zealand, school qualifications are achieved through the assessment of student work against a set of achievement…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Academic Standards, Science Achievement
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Lee, Ai Noi – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2012
Parents can play a vital and active role in facilitating their children's science learning outside the formal classrooms. Parental involvement in their children's science learning process not only could enhance their children's learning motivation and interest in science, it could also help to strengthen the family bond when parents and children…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Science, Parent Materials, Curriculum Guides
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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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Chang, Wheijen – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2011
Physics students are usually unaware of the limitations and functions of related principles, and they tend to adopt "hot formulas" inappropriately. This paper introduces four real-life examples for bridging five principles, from fluids to thermodynamics, including (1) buoyant force, (2) thermal expansion, (3) the ideal-gas law, (4) the 1st law,…
Descriptors: Thermodynamics, Mechanics (Physics), Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Ornek, Funda; Zziwa, Byansi Jude – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2011
In some countries physics lessons are limited in many cases due to different constraints to lecturing and rote learning with in short supply use of teaching materials and other practical activities. These limitations can make physics abstract and difficult for students to understand. This paper presents one of activities, which can be done by…
Descriptors: Physics, Motion, Learning Processes, Rote Learning
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Marrocco, Aldo T. – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2011
The modern food system involves high consumption of natural resources and other forms of environmental degradation. This paper is a presentation of internet resources such as scientific contributions, graphics, tables, images, animations and interactive atlases that can help to teach this subject. The discussion contains some subjects considered…
Descriptors: Food, Internet, Natural Resources, Ecology
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Hirca, Necati – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2011
The Ministry of National Education of Turkey has decided to give up traditional methods to be used in the classes and to develop a new secondary school curriculum based on Context-Based Learning (CBL) in 2007. This paper discusses integrating Problem-Based Learning (PBL) tasks into the new physics curriculum in Turkey. A brief overview of a…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Physics, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Curriculum
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Ornek, Funda – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2008
One or more theoretical frameworks or orientations are used in qualitative education research. In this paper, the main tenets, the background and the appropriateness of phenomenography, which is one of the theoretical frameworks used in qualitative research, will be depicted. Further, the differences among phenomenography, phenomenology and…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Educational Research, Ethnography, Physics
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Liang, Ling L.; Chen, Sufen; Chen, Xian; Kaya, Osman Nafiz; Adams, April Dean; Macklin, Monica; Ebenezer, Jazlin – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2008
This paper presents the development and revision of a dual-response instrument entitled, "Student Understanding of Science and Scientific Inquiry" ("SUSSI"). Built on the most recent science education reform documents and existing literature on the nature of science, SUSSI blends Likert-type items and related open-ended questions to assess…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Teaching Methods
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Karakas, Mehmet – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2007
This paper is an general article about the influence of constructivism on nature of science. Constructivism has influenced research on the teaching and learning of nature of science, as well as actual teaching of the nature of science ideas. In the area of research, a constructivist learning theory perspective has influenced researchers to shift…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Scientific Principles
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Corrigan, Deborah – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2007
This paper describes how a frame has been used to articulate the intentions of a preservice chemistry education course to students of that course. The frame, which draws on appropriate knowledge bases for teachers of science, is also used through the teaching of the course as a diagnostic and development tool to assist the learning of these…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Education Courses, Chemistry
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Jane, Beverley; Fleer, Marilyn; Gipps, John – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2007
Stereotypical views of scientists portrayed in the media, and how science is currently taught in Australian schools, both contribute to many students not studying science beyond Year 10. Reports on the status of science teaching in primary schools still tend to focus on the individual teacher's lack of confidence and inadequate content knowledge,…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Childrens Art, Hands on Science, Data Analysis
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Calik, Muammer; Ayas, Alipasa; Coll, Richard K. – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2006
In this article we present details of a four-step constructivist-based teaching strategy, which helps students understand the dissolution of a gas in a liquid. The model derived from Ayas (1995) involves elicitation of pre-existing ideas, focusing on the target concept, challenging students' ideas, and applying newly constructed ideas to similar…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Teaching Models, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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