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Loveys, Beth R.; Riggs, Karina M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The flipped classroom pedagogy was implemented in two core undergraduate science courses; Animal and Plant Biochemistry II (APB) and Microbiology and Invertebrate Biology II (MIB) to encourage students to prepare for laboratory classes. Students often attend class without little understanding or appreciation of what they are going to learn in the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Laboratories
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Bartels, Hauke; Geelan, David; Kulgemeyer, Christoph – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Measuring teachers' skills to carry out the complex tasks required in teaching is an important means of evaluating the effectiveness of teacher education but remains a challenging activity to conduct in practice. It is necessary to optimise approaches for usability and effectiveness along a continuum from low-effort and low-authenticity measures…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Competency Testing, Performance Based Assessment, Physics
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Norris, Christina M.; Morris, Julia E.; Lummis, Geoffrey W. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
According to international benchmarks [Thomson, S., Wernert, N., O'Grady, E., & Rodrigues, S. (2017). TIMSS 2015: Reporting Australia's results. Retrieved from Camberwell, Victoria: www.acer.edu.au/timss], Australia's science education is still in decline and so the need for further investigation into preservice teachers is warranted.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Slater, E. V.; Morris, J. E.; McKinnon, D. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Alternative conceptions in astronomy are a road block to new learning. Astronomy content is included in the Australian Curriculum (AC) from Year 3 and then intermittently in Year 5, Year 7 and Year 10. In accepting that science is socio-culturally constructed, it is important for teachers to have a clear understanding of the alternative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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King, Donna; Henderson, Senka – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
There is growing interest in how to engage middle school students in science to improve their enthusiasm for science and to arrest the decline in uptake in the senior years. Also, there is interest in improving students' application of science to real-life situations, a requirement for international tests. One approach that offers hope for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Experiential Learning, Environmental Education
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Sharma, Jyoti; Yarlagadda, Prasad K. D. V. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
In an increasingly competitive world, it has been proved that invention, development, and profusion of new technologies through science and technology are the fundamental source of economic progress. Australia, which is one of the world leaders in education and India, which has the capacity to produce the highest number of young skilled manpower…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Educational Policy, Labor Force Development
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Schultz, Madeleine; Lawrie, Gwendolyn A.; Bailey, Chantal H.; Bedford, Simon B.; Dargaville, Tim R.; O'Brien, Glennys; Tasker, Roy; Thompson, Christopher D.; Williams, Mark; Wright, Anthony H. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
A multi-institution collaborative team of Australian chemistry education researchers, teaching a total of over 3000 first year chemistry students annually, has explored a tool for diagnosing students' prior conceptions as they enter tertiary chemistry courses. Five core topics were selected and clusters of diagnostic items were assembled linking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Chemistry, Diagnostic Tests
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Palmer, Tracey-Ann; Burke, Paul F.; Aubusson, Peter – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Student study of science at school has been linked to the need to provide a scientifically capable workforce and a scientifically literate society. Educators, scientists, and policymakers are concerned that too few students are choosing science for study in their final years of school. How and why students choose and reject certain subjects,…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Secondary School Students, Course Selection (Students)
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Matthews, Kelly E.; Firn, Jennifer; Schmidt, Susanne; Whelan, Karen – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study investigated students' perceptions of their graduate learning outcomes including content knowledge, communication, writing, teamwork, quantitative skills, and ethical thinking in two Australian universities. One university has a traditional discipline-orientated curriculum and the other, an interdisciplinary curriculum in the entry…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Student Attitudes, Outcomes of Education, Undergraduate Students
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Deehan, James; Danaia, Lena; McKinnon, David H. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This paper assesses the relationship between participation in two tertiary science courses and the science teaching efficacy beliefs (STEBs) of one cohort of preservice elementary teachers over a four-year period. Two Type II case studies were conducted within the courses. Data were collected through 26 administrations of the Science Teaching…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Preservice Teachers, Beliefs
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Waldrip, Bruce; Prain, Vaughan – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Student engagement in learning science is both a desirable goal and a long-standing teacher challenge. Moving beyond engagement understood as transient topic interest, we argue that cognitive engagement entails sustained interaction in the processes of how knowledge claims are generated, judged, and shared in this subject. In this paper, we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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Bellocchi, Alberto; King, Donna T.; Ritchie, Stephen M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
There is on-going international interest in the relationships between assessment instruments, students' understanding of science concepts and context-based curriculum approaches. This study extends earlier research showing that students can develop connections between contexts and concepts--called "fluid transitions"--when studying…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Student Reaction, Chemistry, Science Education
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Smith, Dorothy V.; Mulhall, Pamela J.; Hart, Christina E.; Gunstone, Richard F. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This article presents a case study of 10 high-profile Australian research scientists. These scientists are highly committed to engaging with the public. They interact with a wide range of groups in the community, including the traditional media. They are aware that they are seen as representatives of science at a time when the authority of science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientists, Scientific Research, Science and Society
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Woods-McConney, Amanda; Wosnitza, Marold; Sturrock, Keryn L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Science education research has recommended cooperative inquiry based science in the primary science context for more than two decades but after more than 20 years, student achievement in science has not substantially improved. This study, through direct observation and analysis, investigated content-related student interactions in an authentic…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Primary Education, Inquiry
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Matthews, Kelly E.; Adams, Peter; Goos, Merrilyn – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Application of mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning, typically referred to as quantitative skills, is essential for university bioscience students. First, this study developed an assessment task intended to gauge graduating students' quantitative skills. The Quantitative Skills Assessment of Science Students (QSASS) was the result,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, College Science, Biological Sciences, College Outcomes Assessment
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