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Kind, Per Morten; Kind, Vanessa; Hofstein, Avi; Wilson, Janine – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
Argumentation is believed to be a significant component of scientific inquiry: introducing these skills into laboratory work may be regarded as a goal for developing practical work in school science. This study explored the impact on the quality of argumentation among 12- to 13-year-old students undertaking three different designs of…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Laboratories, Science Education, Inquiry
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Harrison, Christine; Hofstein, Avi; Eylon, Bat-Sheva; Simon, Shirley – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
The focus of this collaborative research project of King's College London, and the Weizmann Institute, Israel is on investigating the ways in which teachers can demonstrate accomplished teaching in a specific domain of science and on the teacher learning that is generated through continuing professional development (CPD) programmes that lead…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods
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Taitelbaum, Dorit; Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel; Carmeli, Miriam; Hofstein, Avi – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
In this study our goal was to better understand the development of chemistry teachers who are involved in a continuous professional development (CPD) programme, focusing on using the inquiry approach in the chemistry classroom-laboratory, followed by protocols assembled in a portfolio that can be used to demonstrate evidence-based practice in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Hofstein, Avi; Kesner, Miri – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
In this paper, we present the development and implementation over the period of more than 15 years of learning materials focusing on industrial chemistry as the main theme. The work was conducted in the Department of Science Teaching at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. The project's general goal was to teach chemistry concepts in the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Manufacturing Industry, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Shwartz, Yael; Ben-Zvi, Ruth; Hofstein, Avi – International Journal of Science Education, 2005
The ongoing reform in science education in many countries, including Israel, has attainment of scientific literacy for all as one of its main goals. In this context, it is important to provide teachers with the opportunity to construct meaning for the term science literacy and by doing so to obtain a clear understanding of the new teaching goals.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Scientific Literacy, Chemistry
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Hofstein, Avi; Shore, Relly; Kipnis, Mira – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
An inquiry-type laboratory was implemented into the chemistry curriculum in high schools in Israel. The study included development of inquiry-type experiments, assessment tools for a continuous assessment of students' achievements and progress, and a long-term professional development program for teachers who decided to implement the program in…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Laboratories, Chemistry
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Kesner, Miri; Hofstein, Avi; Ben-Zvi, Ruth – International Journal of Science Education, 1997
Describes a study conducted in Israel that focuses on how studying industrial-chemistry case studies affects students' perceptions of their learning environment and their interest in chemistry studies. Contains 18 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Career Education, Case Studies, Chemistry, Classroom Environment
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Kesner, Miri; Ben-Zvi, Ruth; Hofstein, Avi – International Journal of Science Education, 1997
Discusses the development and implementation of two case studies based on local chemical industries for the Israeli high school chemistry curriculum. Also includes two types of professional-development experiences. Contains 16 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Career Education, Case Studies, Chemistry, Classroom Environment
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Hofstein, Avi; And Others – International Journal of Science Education, 1988
Summarizes the discussions that took place within a working group of the fourth International Organization for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE) symposium. Discusses topics on materials for student use, role of teachers, repertoire of teaching strategies, influence of school setting, and evaluation. (Author)
Descriptors: Conferences, Evaluation, Science and Society, Science Curriculum