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Olander, Clas; Wickman, Per-Olof; Tytler, Russell; Ingerman, Åke – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The aim of this article is to investigate students' meaning-making processes of multiple representations during a teaching sequence about the human body in lower secondary school. Two main influences are brought together to accomplish the analysis: on the one hand, theories on signs and representations as scaffoldings for learning and, on the…
Descriptors: Human Body, Video Technology, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Foreign Countries
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Prain, Vaughan; Tytler, Russell – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Compared with research on the role of student engagement with expert representations in learning science, investigation of the use and theoretical justification of student-generated representations to learn science is less common. In this paper, we present a framework that aims to integrate three perspectives to explain how and why…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Epistemology, Semiotics, Science Education
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Tytler, Russell; Prain, Vaughan – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
Recent accounts by cognitive scientists of factors affecting cognition imply the need to reconsider current dominant conceptual theories about science learning. These new accounts emphasize the role of context, embodied practices, and narrative-based representation rather than learners' cognitive constructs. In this paper we analyse data from a…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Cognitive Psychology, Science Education, Learning Processes
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Tytler, Russell – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
School Innovation in Science is a major Victorian Government initiative that developed and validated a model whereby schools can improve their science teaching and learning. The initiative was developed and rolled out to more than 400 schools over the period 2000-2004. A research team worked with 200+ primary and secondary schools over three…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Innovation, Science Achievement
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Symington, David; Tytler, Russell – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
Accepting that scientific literacy is the primary purpose of science in the compulsory years of schooling leads to the question 'What does scientific literacy mean in a particular community?' This paper reports a study designed to provide some insight into that question. Data were gathered through interviews with a sample of community leaders, in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Scientific Literacy, Lifelong Learning
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Tytler, Russell; Waldrip, Bruce; Griffiths, Michele – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
This paper outlines the development of a framework--the Science in Schools (SiS) Components--that describes effective science teaching and learning and that has become a central focus for the Science in Schools Research project that is being implemented in 225 Australian schools. The description is in a form that provides a basis for monitoring…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Change, Science Instruction
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Symington, David; Tytler, Russell – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
Accepting that scientific literacy is the primary purpose of science in the compulsory years of schooling leads to the question 'What does scientific literacy mean in a particular community?' This paper reports a study designed to provide some insight into that question. Data were gathered through interviews with a sample of community leaders, in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Lifelong Learning, Community Leaders
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Tytler, Russell; Duggan, Sandra; Gott, Richard – International Journal of Science Education, 2001
Explores the nature and type of evidence employed by participants in an issue of public concern. Examines how the different types of evidence were brought to bear on a socio-scientific issue involving environmental regulatory policy and the implications of this for school science curricula. (Contains 33 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Recycling
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Tytler, Russell – International Journal of Science Education, 2000
Describes a study of a range of challenging activities centered on evaporation and condensation done with elementary school children. Analyzes children's explanations in light of the existing literature. Finds that older children display a surer sense of ontological categories, greater epistemological sophistication, greater precision in language…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Elementary Education, Epistemology
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Tytler, Russell – International Journal of Science Education, 1998
Finds that children are naturally generative in their construction of explanations but that they use conceptions in quite complex and fluid ways. Argues that naive conceptions maintain a valuable function. Contains 43 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
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Tytler, Russell – International Journal of Science Education, 1998
Constructs case studies of individuals to explore the way conceptions change over time, and the difficulties presented by the concept of atmospheric pressure. Evaluates different structural theories of conceptual change. Contains 62 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Education