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Dawson, Chris – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Accumulated evidence indicates that low spatial ability makes a contribution, separate from levels of general or verbal intelligence, to the unlikelihood of students enrolling in, or succeeding in, STEM subjects. Further, there is a tendency for female students not to perform as well as males on some spatial tests, suggesting that this might be…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, STEM Education, Course Selection (Students), Gender Differences
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Kittiravechote, Aungtinee – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Despite a tremendous success in boosting students learn electrical analogies for science education, it remains a challenge to extend such strategy for formally constructing equations related to the Ohm's law in order to solve electrical problems based on series and parallel circuits. Unlike most traditional works of teaching technique that focus…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Equipment, Energy, Division
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Koponen, Ismo; Nousiainen, Maija – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
We present a method to analyse how pre-service science teachers relate events, ideas, characters and deeds in history of science and in cultural and general history. A group of 25 students presented their views they deemed to be of importance in history of science, culture, society and politics in era between 1550 and 1850. The sample is based on…
Descriptors: College Students, Science History, Science Instruction, Preservice Teachers
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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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Nousiainen, Maija; Koponen, Ismo T. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
The concepts of electricity and magnetism in physics are complex and demanding to learn because their meaning builds through several different phenomenological areas. Each of the phenomenological areas adds a certain facet of the meaning of the concept. All standard physics textbooks discuss at least 1) force, 2) energy and work, and 3) electric…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Robertson, Amy D.; Richards, Jennifer – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Being responsive to the substance of students' disciplinary thinking is central to current visions of reformed science teaching. Studies of classroom practice, however, show that this kind of teaching is relatively rare. In this paper, we use data from one cohort of university physics Learning Assistants (LAs) to illustrate what it looks like for…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Assistants, Universities, Comprehension
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Plotz, Thomas; Hopf, Martin – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Conceptual Change is a widely accepted theoretical framework for science education. Setting up successful learning and teaching arrangements in this framework necessarily entails including students´ preconceptions into the construction of those arrangements. In order to provide a basis for such arrangements this study investigated and explored…
Descriptors: Radiation, Science Education, Case Studies, Scientific Concepts
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Bazelais, Paul; Lemay, David John; Doleck, Tenzin – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Research has suggested that achievement is not solely based on the cognitive abilities of the learner, but rather on the combination of cognitive ability and personality traits. This paper explores how grit affects student academic performance and success in first-year college physics students in the context of a Quebec Collège d'enseignement…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Persistence, Individual Characteristics, Physics
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Aksakalli, Ayhan; Salar, Riza; Turgut, Umit – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
In this research, the negative perceptions of undergraduate students regarding modern physics course and the causes of their negative perceptions have been investigated. For this investigation, a qualitative and quantitative method (mix method) was chosen for data collection and analysis. The study group of the research consists of a total of 169…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, Physics, Negative Attitudes
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Bahtaji, Michael Allan A. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
This study investigates the outcome of designed source-text materials in context-based physics learning using validated test questions in mechanics. Two groups of students received context-based instruction (experimental group) and one group received content-based instruction (control group). These three groups of students are only different with…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Physics, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Wiener, Gerfried J.; Schmeling, Sascha M.; Hopf, Martin – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
This study introduces a teaching concept based on the Standard Model of particle physics. It comprises two consecutive chapters--elementary particles and fundamental interactions. The rationale of this concept is that the fundamental principles of particle physics can run as the golden thread through the whole physics curriculum. The design…
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Physics, Scientific Principles, Microteaching
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Ebong, Samuel T. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
The study investigated parental background on student's academic performance in secondary schools in Abak local government, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. A survey design was adopted for the study. One thousand four hundred and forty (1440) senior secondary three (SS3) Physics students were drawn by simple random sampling from 12 Schools, six (6) each…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Background, Parent Influence, Secondary School Students
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Forjan, Matej; Grubelnik, Vladimir – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
Despite difficulties understanding the dynamics of complex systems only simple dynamical systems without feedback connections have been taught in secondary school physics. Consequently, students do not have opportunities to develop intuition of temporal development of systems, whose dynamics are conditioned by the influence of feedback processes.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Physics
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Korpela, Aki; Tarhasaari, Timo; Kettunen, Lauri; Mikkonen, Risto; Kinnari-Korpela, Hanna – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
In the economic pressure of recent decades, many universities have invested in increasing the number of accessed and graduated students. However, this has led to another problem: there is not enough higher learning in higher education. According to generally accepted view, the problem lies in the eagerness of overplaying immediate skills in…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Natural Sciences
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Eriksson, Urban; Linder, Cedric; Airey, John; Redfors, Andreas – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
Education is increasingly being framed by a competence mindset; the value of knowledge lies much more in competence performativity and innovation than in simply knowing. Reaching such competency in areas such as astronomy and physics has long been known to be challenging. The movement from everyday conceptions of the world around us to a…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Physics, Science Education, Video Technology
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