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Wiener, Gerfried J.; Schmeling, Sascha M.; Hopf, Martin – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This paper describes the second in a series of studies exploring the acceptance of the subatomic structure of matter by 12-year-olds. The studies focus on a novel learning unit introducing an atomic model from electrons down to quarks, which is aimed to be used at an early stage in the physics curriculum. Three features are fundamental to the…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Preadolescents, Nuclear Physics, Instructional Effectiveness
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Moeed, Azra; Easterbrook, Matthew – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Internationally, conceptual and procedural understanding, understanding the Nature of Science, and scientific literacy are considered worthy goals of school science education in modern times. The empirical study presented here reports on promising teacher practices that in the students' views afford learning opportunities and support their science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Achievement, Student Attitudes, Best Practices