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Chua, Kah-Eng; Karpudewan, Mageswary – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2017
Attitude towards learning science is a well-researched domain for more than four decades. Globally, studies on attitude still stay relevant following the decline in enrollment in science-related studies across many levels. Particularly, emergent of new sciences in this century calls for a shift in the content included in school science, to be more…
Descriptors: Scientific Attitudes, Science Laboratories, Secondary School Science, Student Motivation
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Sezen Vekli, Gulsah – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2013
The present study aims to identify the effectiveness of summer science camp experience on middle school students' content knowledge and interest towards biology. For this purpose, two instruments including reflective journal and pre-post questionnaire were developed by four researchers who are expert in science education. Besides, the instruction…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Foreign Countries, Summer Science Programs, Science Interests
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Lau, Kwok-chi – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2013
The PISA performance of Hong Kong has prompted this study to investigate if scientific literacy (SL) of Hong Kong students can be improved further through a high school biology course employing the STSE approach. A STSE course was developed in accordance to the contexts of Hong Kong and a framework for the assessment of scientific literacy was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Biology, Science Instruction
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Banda, Asiana; Mumba, Frackson; Chabalengula, Vivien M.; Mbewe, Simeon – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2011
This study assessed Zambian Junior High School pre-service science teachers' understanding of the particulate nature of matter. A sample comprised 30 pre-service science teachers at a teacher training college. Data was collected through a questionnaire adopted from Ozmen and Kenan (2007). Results show that most teachers had correct views on the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Cetin, Gulcan; Nisanci, Seda Hilal – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2010
The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a new 9th grade biology curriculum on students' environmental awareness. Participants included 91 ninth grade students in a high school in Balikesir during the spring semester of the 2008-2009 academic years. Two classrooms, including 22 and 24 students respectively, were randomly assigned…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Interviews, Biology
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Koksal, Mustafa Serdar – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
The "explicit-reflective-embedded" approach is an effective way of teaching nature of science (NOS). But, the studies have not provided a clear or explicit definition of the approach in terms of an instructional design framework. The approach has two sides including embedding into content knowledge and purposively teaching the NOS aspects as a…
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Instructional Design, Scientific Principles, Biology
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Dikmenli, Musa – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
The aim of this study is to investigate biology student teachers' ideas about the purpose of laboratory work in teaching biology. Data has been collected from 82 participating students using an open-ended questionnaire and analyzed using content analysis techniques. The results show that almost all of the student teachers considered laboratory…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Scientific Principles, Science Laboratories, Biology