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Lee, Roh Pin – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Misconceptions and biases in energy perception could influence people's support for developments integral to the success of restructuring a nation's energy system. Science education, in equipping young adults with the cognitive skills and knowledge necessary to navigate in the confusing energy environment, could play a key role in paving the way…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Energy, Foreign Countries
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Campbell, Todd; Zuwallack, Rebecca; Longhurst, Max; Shelton, Brett E.; Wolf, Paul G. – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This research examines how science teaching orientations and beliefs about technology-enhanced tools change over time in professional development (PD). The primary data sources for this study came from learning journals of 8 eighth grade science teachers at the beginning and conclusion of a year of PD. Based on the analysis completed, Information…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Science Teachers, Grade 8
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Lin, Huann-shyang; Hong, Zuway-R.; Yang, Kuay-keng; Lee, Sung-Tao – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
This study investigates the impact of collaborative reflections on teachers' inquiry teaching practices and identifies supportive actions relating to their professional development. Three science teachers in the same elementary school worked as a cooperative and collaborative group. They attended workshops and worked collaboratively through…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Inquiry
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Ben-David, Adi; Orion, Nir – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
This study is an attempt to gain new insight, on behalf of science teachers, into the integration of metacognition (MC) into science education. Participants were 44 elementary school science teachers attending an in-service teacher-training (INST) program. Data collection was carried out by several data sources: recordings of all verbal…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Metacognition
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Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
This position paper addresses some enduring, as well as emerging issues, associated with the crucial question of benchmarking understandings about nature of science (NOS) for precollege science education. The question of benchmarking NOS understandings is revisited in light of the often cited, continuing debates among historians, philosophers, and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Change, Benchmarking, Research and Development
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Stolk, Machiel Johan; Bulte, Astrid; De Jong, Onno; Pilot, Albert – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Even experienced chemistry teachers require professional development when they are encouraged to become actively engaged in the design of new context-based education. This study briefly describes the development of a framework consisting of goals, learning phases, strategies and instructional functions, and how the framework was translated into a…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Bond, Clare Elizabeth; Philo, Chris; Shipton, Zoe Kai – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
A key challenge in university geoscience teaching is to give students the skills to cope with uncertainty. Professional geoscientists can rarely be certain of the "right answer" to problems posed by most geological datasets, and reasoning through this uncertainty, being intelligently flexible in interpreting data which are limited in resolution…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Thinking Skills, Universities, Science Education
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Bennett, Judith; Hogarth, Sylvia; Lubben, Fred; Campbell, Bob; Robinson, Alison – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This paper reports the findings of two systematic reviews of the use and effects of small group discussions in high school science teaching. Ninety-four studies were included in an overview (systematic map) of work in the area, and 24 studies formed the basis of the in-depth reviews. The reviews indicate that there is considerable diversity in the…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Teaching Methods, Group Discussion
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Glasson, George E.; Mhango, Ndalapa; Phiri, Absalom; Lanier, Marilyn – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
In response to global climate change, loss of biodiversity, and the immense human impact on the carrying capacity of the earth systems, attention has been given to sustainable development worldwide. In this paper, we explore the emerging field of sustainability science within the context of the socio-cultural milieu of Malawi, a sub-Saharan…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Biodiversity, Foreign Countries, Climate
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Papageorgiou, George; Stamovlasis, Dimitrios; Johnson, Phil Michael – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This paper presents a study concerning Greek primary school teachers' (n = 162) ideas about the particulate nature of matter and their explanations of physical phenomena. The study took place during an in-service training course where the effectiveness of a specially designed intervention was tested. A key feature was an approach based on the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions, Intervention
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Wackermann, Rainer; Trendel, Georg; Fischer, Hans E. – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
The background of the study is the theory of "basis models of teaching and learning", a comprehensive set of models of learning processes which includes, for example, learning through experience and problem-solving. The combined use of different models of learning processes has not been fully investigated and it is frequently not clear…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Learning Processes, Models
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Hanley, Pam; Maringe, Felix; Ratcliffe, Mary – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
This evaluation used a change transition model to explore the processes of development of a three-phase professional programme devised by two teams of researchers to support teachers' expertise in six domains of science teaching. The full programme operated over two years. Interviews with developers at the end of each phase (21 interviews) and…
Descriptors: Teacher Improvement, Professional Development, Science Instruction, Interviews
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Afonso, Ana S.; Gilbert, John K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
Framed by a "personal constructivist" perspective, this study analyses visitors' use of spontaneous memories in understanding different types of interactive exhibits, the nature and sources of the retrieved memories, and the way that visitors relate an exhibit analogically to memories of previous exhibits. One hundred and thirteen…
Descriptors: Semantics, Exhibits, Constructivism (Learning), Museums
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Lavonen, Jari; Juuti, Kalle; Meisalo, Veijo – International Journal of Science Education, 2003
In this study we analyse how the experiences of chemistry teachers on the use of a Microcomputer-Based Laboratory (MBL), gathered by a Likert-scale instrument, can be utilized to develop the new package "Empirica 2000." We used exploratory factor analysis to identify the essential features in a large set of questionnaire data to see how…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Chemistry, Learning Laboratories, Teacher Surveys