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Kireš, Marián – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2018
We have developed and verified laboratory work as guided inquiry for upper secondary level students, focusing on conceptual understanding of the physical principle that forms the basis of temperature measurement, and on improvement of selected skills. Conceptual pre-test questions initiate the students' interest and help identify input…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Measurement, Laboratory Equipment, Scientific Concepts
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Repnik, Robert; Ambrožic, Milan – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2018
The concept of the centre of mass of a rigid body as a virtual point where the weight force acts is not easy to understand without a number of supporting school experiments. In school practice, however, experiments on this topic are often limited to a few of the simplest cases in which a simple flat body, such as a triangle or rectangle, is hung…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Experiments, Elementary School Science, Group Activities
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Sa'd, Seyyed Hatam Tamimi; Rajabi, Fereshte – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2018
Vocabulary constitutes an essential part of every language-learning endeavour and deserves scholarly attention. The objective of the present study was three-fold: 1) exploring Iranian English language learners' Vocabulary Learning Strategies (VLSs), 2) examining language learners' perceptions of vocabulary learning, and 3) exploring Iranian…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Best Practices
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Sa'd, Seyyed Hatam Tamimi – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2017
The present qualitative study sought to explore the relationship between English language learning and identity reconstruction from the viewpoints of Iranian language learners. The data were collected by means of focus-group interviews with forty-five male intermediate learners of English as a foreign language (EFL). To define the concept of…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Tsagari, Dina – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2016
Many researchers have highlighted the central role that assessment plays in second language (L2) classrooms and have expressed the need for research into classroom-based language assessment (CBLA), an area that is gradually coming into its own in the field of language testing and assessment (e.g., Hasselgreen, 2008; Leung, 2014; Hill &…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, English Teachers, Second Language Instruction
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Sa'd, Seyyed Hatam Tamimi; Qadermazi, Zohre – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2015
This study examines the role of the use of the L1 in EFL classes from the perspective of EFL learners. The triangulated data were collected using class observations, focus group semi-structured interviews and the learners' written reports of their perceptions and attitudes in a purpose-designed questionnaire. The participants consisted of sixty…
Descriptors: Native Language, Language Usage, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Sa'd, Seyyed Hatam Tamimi – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2015
This article reports on a study that set out to investigate how Iranian EFL learners respond to compliments in English. The data were collected using a discourse completion task (DCT) consisting of a variety of situations that required the participants, 26 EFL learners (13 males and 13 females) to respond to compliments directed at them. The data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Responses
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da Rocha, Karin – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2014
Growing challenges, demographic change and the need to deal with various demands in one's professional and private life call for a high flexibility and willingness to learn, especially among teachers, who serve as role models in this respect. Consequently, professional development has to focus on reflective and introspective processes. At the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mentors, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires
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Belova, Nadja; Eilks, Ingo – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2014
In our everyday lives we are surrounded by advertising in its various forms. Thus in the school context it is not surprising that the issue of advertising is addressed by different subjects, with the main foci being advertising-specific language, images and illustrations, use of stereotypes, strategies of persuasion, etc. But advertising also…
Descriptors: Science Education, Advertising, Communication Skills, Decision Making Skills
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Walan, Susanne; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2014
In recent years, the curricula reforms at the levels of preschool and primary school in Sweden have caused new demands on the teachers. In particular, numerous teachers lack the educational training in science subjects. Therefore, this study aims to investigate teachers' self-efficacy and needs in relation to science teaching. A total of 71…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Likert Scales
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Barczi, Krisztina – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2013
Teaching how to solve problems--from solving simple equations to solving difficult competition tasks--has been one of the greatest challenges for mathematics education for many years. Trying to find an effective method is an important educational task. Among others, the question arises as to whether a method in which students help each other might…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Mathematics Instruction
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Turnšek, Nada – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2013
The present study is based on a quasi-experimental research design and presents the results of an evaluation of Antidiscrimination and Diversity Training that took place at the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana, rooted in the anti-bias approach to educating diversity and equality issues (Murray & Urban, 2012). The experimental group included…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Quasiexperimental Design, Multicultural Education, Social Justice
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Mathelitsch, Leopold – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2013
The role of competencies is discussed with respect to science teaching. In particular, competence models from Germany, Switzerland and Austria are presented and compared. A special topical program, "Competencies in Mathematics and Science Teaching", was started in Austria three years ago. Initial experiences with this program are…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teaching Methods, Teacher Competencies, Program Evaluation
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Juntunen, Marianne; Aksela, Maija – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2013
The aim of the present study is to improve the quality of students' environmental literacy and sustainability education in chemistry teaching by combining the socio-scientific issue of life-cycle thinking with inquiry-based learning approaches. This case study presents results from an inquiry-based life-cycle thinking project: an interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Chemistry, Literacy, Sustainability
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Michael, Sathiapama; Wolhuter, Charl C.; van Wyk, Noleen – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2012
The aim of this study was to investigate the management of parental involvement in three multicultural schools in the Umlazi District in Durban, South Africa. A literature survey resulting in a theoretical framework on parental involvement in schools, multicultural schools, and the managing of parental involvement in schools has been done. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Parent Participation, Qualitative Research