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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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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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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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Yao, Jian-Xin; Guo, Yu-Ying; Neumann, Knut – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This paper presents a revised learning progression for the energy concept and initial findings on diverse progressions among subgroups of sample students. The revised learning progression describes how students progress towards an understanding of the energy concept along two progress variables identified from previous studies--key ideas about…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Energy, Teaching Methods
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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