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Stender, Anita; Schwichow, Martin; Zimmerman, Corinne; Härtig, Hendrik – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Many science curricula and standards emphasise that students should learn both scientific knowledge and the skills associated with the construction of this knowledge. One way to achieve this goal is to use inquiry-learning activities that embed the use of science process skills. We investigated the influence of scientific reasoning skills (i.e.…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Cognitive Ability, Teaching Methods
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Weng, Wan-Yun; Lin, Yu-Ren; She, Hsiao-Ching – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
The present study investigated the effects of online argumentation scaffolding on students' argumentation involving hypothetical and theoretical biological concepts. Two types of scaffolding were developed in order to improve student argumentation: continuous scaffolding and withdraw scaffolding. A quasi-experimental design was used with four…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Biology, Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse
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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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Brown, Patrick L.; Concannon, James P. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This study investigated eighth-grade science students' (13-14-year-olds) perceptions of their vocabulary knowledge, learning, and content achievement. Data sources included pre- and posttest of students' perceptions of vocabulary knowledge, students' perceptions of vocabulary and reading strategies surveys, and a content achievement test.…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Student Attitudes, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills
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Tsai, Chun-Yen – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
The scientific competencies advocated by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) focus on the abilities needed in students' adult lives. This study investigated how such scientific competencies could be improved by using online argumentation. One hundred and thirty-eight 8th grade high school students took part in the study, with…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Scores, Science Tests, Achievement Tests
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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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Kawalkar, Aisha; Vijapurkar, Jyotsna – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
We present an analysis of students' reflective writing (diaries) of two cohorts of Grade 8 students, one undergoing inquiry and the other traditional science teaching. Students' writing included a summary of what students had learned in class on that day and their opinions and feelings about the class. The entries were analysed qualitatively and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Reflection, Student Attitudes
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Shemwell, Jonathan T.; Gwarjanski, Kalee R.; Capps, Daniel K.; Avargil, Shirly; Meyer, Joanna L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
In scientific arguments, claims must have meaning that extends beyond the immediate circumstances of an investigation. That is, claims must be generalised in some way. Therefore, teachers facilitating classroom argumentation must be prepared to support students' efforts to construct or criticise generalised claims. However, widely used…
Descriptors: Generalization, Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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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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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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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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Velayutham, Sunitadevi; Aldridge, Jill; Fraser, Barry – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
Students' motivational beliefs and self-regulatory practices have been identified as instrumental in influencing the engagement of students in the learning process. An important aim of science education is to empower students by nurturing the belief that they can succeed in science learning and to cultivate the adaptive learning strategies…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Construct Validity, Grade 8, Science Education
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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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Stavrova, Olga; Urhahne, Detlef – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
The study examines the nature, conditions, and outcomes of student learning from an organised guided tour in the Deutsches Museum in Munich. The instructional methods that best support students' cognitive and affective learning as well as how students' motivational and emotional states influence their achievement were investigated. A sample of 96…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Prior Learning, Museums, Teaching Methods
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