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Wiest, Lynda; Amankonah, Frank O. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This paper reports the performance of 30 rising seventh-grade girls on a task in which they were asked to order four fractions from least to greatest. Less than three-fifths attained correct answers. The performance gap was widest between students who attended Title I schools and those who did not, the latter being much more likely to attain…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Mathematics Instruction, Females, Fractions
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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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Bolstad, Oda Heidi – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This article reports a qualitative inquiry into school leaders' and teachers' rationales for teaching to develop students' "mathematical literacy." The study is rooted in an exploration of the meanings that the school leaders and teachers hold about the term mathematical literacy. Six leaders and three grade 9 mathematics teachers from…
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Numeracy, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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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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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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Große, Cornelia S. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
In recent years, the ability to use mathematics flexibly in everyday situations is increasingly accentuated, and mathematics education gives more and more attention to problems with realistic contexts. However, it is reported very often that learners have substantial difficulties in connecting mathematics to real situations. In order to solve…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Multiple Choice Tests, Word Problems (Mathematics), Problem Solving
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Bezen, Sevim; Bayrak, Celal; Aykutlu, Isil – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This study aims to describe how energy subject is taught in 9th grades. The study is designed as a descriptive case study with the participation of 3 physics teachers and 85 students. Data were obtained through observation, interviews, and documents, and they were analyzed through descriptive analysis method. In the observations made at the…
Descriptors: Energy, Case Studies, Grade 9, Energy Education
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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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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
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Laswadi; Kusumah, Yaya S.; Darwis, Sutawanir; Afgani, Jarnawi D. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Conceptual understanding (CU) and procedural fluency (PF) are two important mathematical competencies required by students. CU helps students organizing their knowledge into a coherent whole, and PF helps them to find the right solution of a problem. In order to enhance CU and PF, students need learning experiences in constructing knowledge and…
Descriptors: Junior High School Students, Pretests Posttests, Control Groups, Mathematical Concepts
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Adu-Gyamfi, Kenneth; Ampiah, Joseph Ghartey – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Science education at the Basic School (Primary and Junior High School) serves as the foundation upon which higher levels of science education are pivoted. This ethnographic study sought to investigate the teaching of Integrated Science at the Junior High School (JHS) level in the classrooms of two science teachers in two schools of differing…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Junior High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Interviews
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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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Halperin, Kopl; Dunbar, William S. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Do multiple choice unit tests reflect what students have learned during the unit? The day before the administration of a county-mandated multiple choice test, two classes were shown a topic they had not previously seen, and told it would be on the test. One class was shown the same material and told it was not important, and two classes were not…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Multiple Choice Tests, Standardized Tests, Test Preparation
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Ubuz, Behiye; Duatepe-Paksu, Asuman – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
This paper explains what drama-based instruction is and offers insights into the phases in drama-based instruction. Further, examples of drama-based lessons in geometry related to ring and circle, and altitude of a triangle together with the teacher and students perceptions related to the strengths and limitations of drama based instruction in…
Descriptors: Geometry, Drama, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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