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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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Westman, Anna-Karin; Karlsson, Karl-Goran – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
This article presents a study of how groups of young students discuss illustrations of human blood circulation. Transparency is not an innate quality of illustrations, visual information is always coded and interpretations are always related to culture and context. Results of this study are discussed with reference to Kress and van Leeuwens'…
Descriptors: Human Body, Physiology, Science Instruction, Cytology
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Karampelas, Konstantinos – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
This research is a study about the possibility to promote experimental design skills to elementary school pupils. Experimental design and the experiment process are foundational elements in current approaches to Science Teaching, as they provide learners with profound understanding about knowledge construction and science inquiry. The research was…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Research Design, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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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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Brez, Caitlin C.; Allen, Jessica J. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Currently, few studies have addressed public opinions regarding math education. The current study surveyed adults in a Midwestern town in the United States to assess opinions regarding math and math education. Overall, we found that adults believe that math is useful and that math education is important. We found that parents who currently have a…
Descriptors: Adults, Attitude Measures, Mathematics Education, Parent Attitudes
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Imamoglu, Yesim; Togrol, Aysenur Yontar – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
This study was conducted with 93 freshmen and 82 senior prospective mathematicians and mathematics teachers in order to investigate how they construct and evaluate proofs and whether there are any significant differences in their proof construction (with respect to department and grade) and proof evaluation (with respect to department)…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Preservice Teachers
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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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Theis, Becky; Galindo, Ed; Shockey, Tod – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
The National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored professional development of educators in the NASA Summer of Innovation (SOI) program. The Idaho, Montana, and Utah (IMU-SOI) program worked with educators and students from thirteen Native American communities. The summer sessions were focused on problem based learning and…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Professional Development, Summer Science Programs, American Indian Students
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Arikan, Elif Esra; Unal, Hasan – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to introduce problem posing activity to third grade students who have never met before. This study was also explored students' metaphorical images on problem posing process. Participants were from Public school in Marmara Region in Turkey. Data was analyzed both qualitatively (content analysis for difficulty and…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Figurative Language, Public Schools
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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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Wegner, Sven-Ake – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
In this article we present the prototype of a workshop on naive set theory designed for high school students in or around the seventh year of primary education. Our concept is based on two events which the author organized in 2006 and 2010 for students of elementary school and high school, respectively. The article also includes a practice report…
Descriptors: Workshops, Mathematical Concepts, Theories, Secondary School Mathematics
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Wegner, Claas; Minnaert, Lea; Strehlke, Friederike – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
In education systems learners are expected to possess an increased degree of autonomy and show initiative in learning processes, inspecting learning materials and understanding contents. An efficient growth of knowledge inside and outside of school is only possible if students have skills which initiate, guide and control the search for…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Instructional Materials, Program Descriptions, Gifted
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