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Ring, Malte; Brahm, Taiga; Randler, Christoph – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
In science, graphs are used to visualise data, relationships and scientific principles. Basic graph reading operations, i.e. reading single data points, recognising trends as well as conducting small extrapolations from the data are important skills for pupils and lay the groundwork for a comprehensive understanding of data visualisations across…
Descriptors: Graphs, Difficulty Level, Data Interpretation, Test Items
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Lee, Hyunju; Longhurst, Max; Campbell, Todd – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This research investigated teacher learning and teacher beliefs in a two-year technology professional development (TPD) for teachers and its impact on their student achievement in science in the western part of the United States. Middle-school science teachers participated in TPD focused on information communication technologies (ICTs) and their…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Achievement, Science Instruction, Faculty Development
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Liu, Ou Lydia; Ryoo, Kihyun; Linn, Marcia C.; Sato, Elissa; Svihla, Vanessa – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Although researchers call for inquiry learning in science, science assessments rarely capture the impact of inquiry instruction. This paper reports on the development and validation of assessments designed to measure middle-school students' progress in gaining integrated understanding of energy while studying an inquiry-oriented curriculum. The…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Education, Psychometrics, Case Studies
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Ren, Fujun; Li, Xiuju; Zhang, Huiliang; Wang, Lihui – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
For almost a century, researchers have studied creative imagination, most typically that of children. This article reports on a study of the development of creative imagination of Chinese youths and its relation to the educational environment. Data consisted of 4,162 students from grades 4 through 12. Findings showed that students' creative…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Foreign Countries, Creativity, Imagination
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Chen, Shin-Feng; Lin, Chien-Yu; Wang, Jing-Ru; Lin, Sheau-Wen; Kao, Huey-Lien – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
This study aimed to examine whether the relationships among family resources, school climate, learning participation, science attitude, and science achievement are different between primary school students and junior high school students within one educational system. The subjects included 4,181 Grade 4 students and 5,074 Grade 8 students who…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Achievement, School Activities, Context Effect
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Brandstadter, Kristina; Harms, Ute; Grossschedl, Jorg – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
System thinking is usually investigated by using questionnaires, video analysis, or interviews. Recently, concept-mapping (CM) was suggested as an adequate instrument for analysing students' system thinking. However, there are different ways with which to use this method. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine whether particular…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Validity, Test Construction, Video Technology
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Mesic, Vanes – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
In international large-scale assessments of educational outcomes, student achievement is often represented by unidimensional constructs. This approach allows for drawing general conclusions about country rankings with respect to the given achievement measure, but it typically does not provide specific diagnostic information which is necessary for…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Physics, Outcomes of Education, Foreign Countries
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Lin, Huann-Shyang; Hong, Zuway-R.; Chen, Chung-Chih; Chou, Chien-Ho – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of integrating aesthetic understanding in reflective inquiry activities. Three typical classes of Taiwanese eighth graders (n = 106) and nine additional low-achieving students in the same school participated in the study. The treatment for experimental students emphasized scaffolding…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Observation, Grade 8, Aesthetics