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de Vocht, Miikka; Laherto, Antti – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
In order to facilitate policy-driven reforms in science education, it is important to understand how teaching innovations diffuse among teachers and how that adoption process can be catalysed. Little is known about the set of attitudes that makes teachers early or late adopters. In this study, the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (C-BAM) was employed…
Descriptors: Profiles, Teacher Attitudes, Professionalism, Science Instruction
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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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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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Vitharana, P. R. K. A. – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
Students bring with them their own misconceptions to the science classes and it becomes a barrier in developing new concepts. Therefore, identifying misconceptions is an essential component in teaching science. The objective of this study was to identify 10th grade students' misconceptions on plant transport with the use of two-tier diagnostic…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Bramwell-Lalor, Sharon; Rainford, Marcia – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
This paper reports on a Mixed Methods study involving an investigation into the attitudes of advanced level biology teachers towards assessment and describes the teachers' experiences while being engaged in Assessment for Learning (AfL) practices such as sharing of learning objectives and peer- and self-assessment. Quantitative data were collected…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Questionnaires