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Wang, Jianlan; Buck, Gayle – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Science education in China is Subject Matter Knowledge (SMK) oriented in that SMK understanding is the major benchmark to assess students' achievement in science learning. Such an orientation causes students to overemphasize the memorization of SMK and neglect other indispensable components of science, such as scientific attitudes and research…
Descriptors: Science Education, Persuasive Discourse, Science Achievement, Instructional Innovation
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King, Donna; Ritchie, Stephen; Sandhu, Maryam; Henderson, Senka – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Science activities that evoke positive emotional responses make a difference to students' emotional experience of science. In this study, we explored 8th Grade students' discrete emotions expressed during science activities in a unit on Energy. Multiple data sources including classroom videos, interviews and emotion diaries completed at the end of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Emotional Response, Grade 8
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Felzmann, Dirk – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
To date, there has only been little conceptual change research regarding conceptions about glaciers. This study used the theoretical background of embodied cognition to reconstruct different metaphorical concepts with respect to the structure of a glacier. Applying the Model of Educational Reconstruction, the conceptions of students and scientists…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Scientific Concepts, Natural Resources, Concept Formation
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Delgado, Cesar – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
Following a sociocultural perspective, this study investigates how students who have grown up using the SI (Systeme International d'Unites) (metric) or US customary (USC) systems of units for everyday use differ in their knowledge of scale and measurement. Student groups were similar in terms of socioeconomic status, curriculum, native language…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Measurement, Metric System, Regression (Statistics)
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Lee, Yew-Jin; Chue, Shien – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
School-based curriculum innovations, including those in science education, are usually not adequately evaluated, if at all. Furthermore, current procedures and instruments for programme evaluations are often unable to support evidence-based decision-making. We suggest that adopting fidelity of implementation (FOI) criteria from healthcare research…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Educational Innovation
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Governor, Donna; Hall, Jori; Jackson, David – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
This qualitative, multi-case study explored the use of science-content music for teaching and learning in six middle school science classrooms. The researcher sought to understand how teachers made use of content-rich songs for teaching science, how they impacted student engagement and learning, and what the experiences of these teachers and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Singing, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers
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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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Hong, Zuway R.; Lin, Huann-Shyang; Lawrenz, Frances P. – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
The goal of this study was to test the effectiveness of integrating science and societal implication on adolescents' positive thinking and emotional perceptions about learning science. Twenty-five eighth-grade Taiwanese adolescents (9 boys and 16 girls) volunteered to participate in a 12-week intervention and formed the experimental group.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Intervention, Adolescents, Experimental Groups
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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
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Shen, Ji; Confrey, Jere – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
Understanding frames of reference is critical in describing planetary motion and learning astronomy. Historically, the geocentric and heliocentric models were defended and advocated against each other. Today, there are still many people who do not understand the relationship between the two models. This topic is not adequately treated in astronomy…
Descriptors: Space Sciences, Astronomy, Science Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Tseng, Chung-Hsien; Tuan, Hsiao-Lin; Chin, Chi-Chin – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This study examines the relationship between the learning motivation and conceptual change of 127 eighth graders, after they have learned the acid, base, and salt concept in a digital learning context, designed according to the dual-situated learning model (DSLM). Two instruments--the students' motivation towards science learning (SMTSL)…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learning Strategies, Diagnostic Tests, Student Motivation
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Hong, Zuway-R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This study investigated the effects of a collaborative science intervention on high achieving students' learning anxiety and attitudes toward science. Thirty-seven eighth-grade high achieving students (16 boys and 21 girls) were selected as an experimental group who joined a 20-week collaborative science intervention, which integrated and utilized…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Intervention, Student Attitudes, Anxiety
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Dawson, Vaille; Venville, Grady Jane – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The aim of this research was to explore Australian high-school students' argumentation and informal reasoning about biotechnology. Data were obtained from semi-structured interviews with 10 Year-8 students (12-13 years old), 14 Year-10 students (14-15 years old) and 6 Year-12 students (16-17 years old) from six metropolitan high schools in Perth,…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Biotechnology, Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy
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Wang, Jing-Ru; Lin, Sheau-Wen – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The purpose of the study was to describe the development and application of an instrument to identify various dimensions of the learning environment, as perceived by elementary and middle school students in Taiwan. The instrument, the New Constructivist Learning Environment Scales, includes four dimensions: attitude concerning instruction,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Comprehension
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Eshach, Haim; Schwartz, Judah L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
Few studies have dealt with students' preconceptions of sounds. The current research employs Reiner "et al." (2000) substance schema to reveal new insights about students' difficulties in understanding this fundamental topic. It aims not only to detect whether the substance schema is present in middle school students' thinking, but also examines…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Middle School Students, Interviews, Misconceptions
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