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Nie, Ying; Xiao, Yang; Fritchman, Joseph C.; Liu, Qiaoyi; Han, Jing; Xiong, Jianwen; Bao, Lei – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Knowledge integration is essential to achieve deep conceptual understanding, which requires students to develop well-connected knowledge structures through the central idea of a concept. To effectively represent and analyze knowledge integration, a conceptual framework model on force and motion is developed to map learners' knowledge structures in…
Descriptors: Physics, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Lin, Feng; Chan, Carol K. K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This study examined the role of computer-supported knowledge-building discourse and epistemic reflection in promoting elementary-school students' scientific epistemology and science learning. The participants were 39 Grade 5 students who were collectively pursuing ideas and inquiry for knowledge advance using Knowledge Forum (KF) while studying a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology
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Wei, Bing; Li, Xiaoxiao – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
It is commonly recognised that practical work has a distinctive and central role in science teaching and learning. Although a large number of studies have addressed the definitions, typologies, and purposes of practical work, few have consulted practicing science teachers. This study explored science teachers' perceptions of experimentation for…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Science Teachers, School Restructuring, Educational Change