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Fried, Daniel B.; Tinio, Pablo P. L.; Gubi, Aaron; Gaffney, Jean P. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The scientists of the future will need to begin studying science to great depth, much earlier in life, in order to keep up with the accelerating pace of discovery and technological innovation. For this to be possible, engaging and child-friendly pedagogical approaches need to be developed that leverage the natural enthusiasm of young science…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, Models
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Fried, Daniel B.; Tinio, Pablo P. L.; Hughes, Azuri; Paneque, Diana – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Studying nature from the atomic and molecular perspective gives students access to modern scientific paradigms and could improve achievement and motivation towards science learning. A visual and tactile approach to chemistry can form the foundation for a child-friendly but high-level chemistry curriculum and could be a powerful tool to invigorate…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Molecular Structure, Student Motivation
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Kotsari, Constantina; Smyrnaiou, Zacharoula – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
The central roles that modelling plays in the processes of scientific enquiry and that models play as the outcomes of that enquiry are well established (Gilbert & Boulter, 1998). Besides, there are considerable similarities between the processes and outcomes of science and technology (Cinar, 2016). In this study, we discuss how the use of…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Geometry, Geometric Concepts
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Métioui, Abdeljalil; MacWillie, Mireille Baulu; Trudel, Louis – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Qualitative research conducted with 237 pupils from Canada, France, and Morocco, between 10 and 12 years of age, on the setting and functioning of simple electric circuits, demonstrates that similar explanatory systems of the students. For this, we had given them a paper and pencil questionnaire of a sixty minutes duration. The first question was…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science
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Piu, Angela; Fregola, Cesare; Santoro, Anna – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
As indicated in numerous research studies, schoolchildren encounter many difficulties and obstacles in learning the multifaceted concept of the angle. In order to explore the possibility of enhancing schoolchildren's understanding of such a concept, the authors present a study that aims at investigating some structural characteristics of…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Simulated Environment, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics
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Minárechová, Michaela – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
This study investigated the identification and subsequent development or modification of students´ ideas about scientific phenomena by teaching by concept cartoons© method. We found out ideas of students of the fourth grade of primary school by conceptual tasks which were parts of quasi-experiment (pretest and posttest design). For triangulation…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Shahbari, Juhaina; Daher, Wajeeh – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
This study came to characterize the features of mathematical models built by mathematics pre-service teachers for a model eliciting activity. Fourteen groups participated in building the models. We used a combination of deductive and inductive content analysis to characterize the pre-service teachers' elicited models, taking into account features…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematical Models, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction
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Sakiz, Gönül – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
The purpose of the current study was to investigate the roles that perceived teacher affective support (PTAS), perceived teacher mastery goal orientation (PTMGO), academic emotions, self-efficacy and behavioural engagement play on students' science achievement in elementary school science classrooms. The potential relations of different levels of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Outcomes of Education
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Romo, Ana Cuevas; Vega, Marylola; Sampieri, Roberto Hernández – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
This study is part of a larger research project financed by CONACYT, the Mexican authority in Science, Research and Technology. The purpose of this study is to understand perception and attitude towards science of Mexican students at primary school level. Data were collected through a survey answered by 1,559 students from 38 private and public…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Student Surveys
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Mueller, Mary; Yankelewitz, Dina – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
This article reports on an analysis of episodes of invalid or controversial arguments that occurred while two different groups of students worked on similar fraction tasks and examine the role that these types of arguments played in the development of students' reasoning. One group consisted of suburban, middle-class, fourth graders who worked on…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Fractions, Grade 4, Elementary School Students
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Applebaum, Mark; Freiman, Viktor – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
In this paper we report on the first year of an online competition in which 480 students took part. After a brief presentation of the organizational structure of the marathon and general data about students' participation, we discuss findings from questionnaires about participants' attitudes towards mathematics, technology, and their perception of…
Descriptors: Competition, Student Participation, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes
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Sothayapetch, Pavinee; Lavonen, Jari; Juuti, Kalle – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) and General Pedagogical Knowledge (GPK) are fundamental types of knowledge for a teacher that he or she must use in order to plan, teach in the classroom, and assess students' learning outcomes. This paper investigates experienced primary school teachers' PCK and GPK while teaching science in Finland and in…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews