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Yang, Wenyuan; Liu, Cheng; Liu, Enshan – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Since inquiry was first introduced to science education, a lot of inquiry-based tasks have appeared in textbooks for supporting an inquiry-based approach. These tasks have great potential to direct the implementation of an inquiry-based approach, as teachers rely heavily on the use of existing instructional materials in most K-12 classrooms.…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Active Learning, Inquiry, Secondary School Science
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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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Chi, Shaohui; Liu, Xiufeng; Wang, Zuhao; Won Han, Seong – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Scientific inquiry activities are considered as productive science instruction to improve students' science learning and achievement. Supportive teacher-student relationships and positive disciplinary climate in the classroom are also two important factors that could facilitate student learning. This study investigates whether the association…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Low Income Groups, Science Achievement
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Lu, Shanshan; Bi, Hualin; Liu, Xiufeng – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The study that is the subject of this paper tested the effects of EDI (explanation-driven inquiry) on students' redox conceptual understanding and their misconceptions. Two classes of 119 10th grade high school students were involved. Two groups of students in the same school were chosen. One class that was taught by EDI teaching was set as the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Inquiry, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions
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Lau, Kwok-chi; Lam, Terence Yuk-ping – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study analysed 10 top-performing regions in PISA 2015 on their science performances and instructional practices. The regions include Singapore, Japan, Estonia, Taipei, Finland, Macao, Canada, Hong Kong, China and Korea. The science performances of the 10 regions and their teaching practices are described and compared. The construct of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Educational Practices, Science Achievement
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Jin, Hui; Wei, Xin; Duan, Peiran; Guo, Yuying; Wang, Wenxia – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
We investigated how Chinese physics teachers structured classroom discourse to support the cognitive and social aspects of inquiry-based science learning. Regarding the cognitive aspect, we examined to what extent the cognitive processes underlying the scientific skills and the disciplinary reasoning behind the content knowledge were taught.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Teachers, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Yang, Wenyuan; Liu, Enshan – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This article describes the development and validation of an instrument that can be used for content analysis of inquiry-based tasks. According to the theories of educational evaluation and qualities of inquiry, four essential functions that inquiry-based tasks should serve are defined: (1) assisting in the construction of understandings about…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Content Analysis, Inquiry, Foreign Countries