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Ribeiro, Laura; Severo, Milton; Pereira, Margarida; Ferreira, Maria Amélia – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Background: Scientific excellence is one of the most fundamental underpinnings of medical education and its relevance is unquestionable. To be involved in research activities enhances students' critical thinking and problem-solving capacities, which are mandatory competences for new achievements in patient care and consequently to the improvement…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Competence, Medical Education, Medical Students
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Perera, Liyanage Devangi H. – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Although countries worldwide are emphasizing the importance of science education for technological development and global economic competition, comparative findings from standardized international student assessments reveal a huge gap in science scores between developed and developing countries. Certain developed economies too have made little…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Science Achievement, Educational Improvement, Achievement Gains
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Faria, Cláudia; Freire, Sofia; Baptista, Mónica; Galvão, Cecília – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Mobilizing scientific knowledge for understanding the natural world and for critically appraise socio-scientific situations and make decisions are key competencies for today's' society. Therefore, it is essential to understand how students at the end of compulsory schooling use scientific knowledge for understanding the surrounding world. The…
Descriptors: Health Education, Scientific Literacy, Foreign Countries, Grade 9
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Schreck Reis, Catarina; Marchante, Helia; Freitas, Helena; Marchante, Elizabete – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
Invasive species are one of the main threats to biodiversity worldwide. Even though they are identified and recognized as such by the Portuguese law, the majority of the population is not yet aware of this problem. Aiming to increase awareness about biological invasions among young students, a workshop on Invasive Plant Species was organized at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biodiversity, Plants (Botany), Museums
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Boaventura, Diana; Faria, Claudia; Chagas, Isabel; Galvao, Cecilia – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
The purposes of the study were to analyse the promotion of scientific literacy through practical research activities and to identify children's conceptions about scientists and how they do science. Elementary school children were engaged in two scientific experiments in a marine biology research laboratory. A total of 136 students answered a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Outdoor Education, Science Activities, Elementary School Science
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Ferreira, Sílvia; Morais, Ana M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
The article shows methods and concepts of analysis of the nature of science in science curricula through an exemplary study made in Portugal. The study analyses the extent to which the message transmitted by the Natural Science curriculum for Portuguese middle school considers the nature of science. It is epistemologically and sociologically…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Principles, Science Curriculum, Middle Schools
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Monteiro, Antonio; Nobrega, Clevio; Abrantes, Isabel; Gomes, Celeste – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Educational researchers and teachers are well aware that misconceptions--erroneous ideas that differ from the scientifically accepted ones--are very common amongst students. Daily experiences, creative and perceptive thinking and science textbooks give rise to students' misconceptions which lead them to draw erroneous conclusions that become…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Mineralogy, Foreign Countries, Diagnostic Tests
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Carvalho, Graca S.; Tracana, Rosa Branca; Skujiene, Grita; Turcinaviciene, Jurga – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
Textbook analysis is seen as a major element for studying environmental education addressing pupils, image analysis being rather relevant when studying textbooks written in 11 languages. We analysed 25 textbooks from 14 countries addressed to 14-16-year-old pupils, focusing on: (1) local and foreign/global images; (2) urban/rural and nature…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Textbooks, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries
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Afonso, Ana Sofia; Gilbert, John K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
Although an understanding of nature of science is a core element in scientific literacy, there is considerable evidence that school and university students hold naive conceptions about it. It is argued that, whilst the failure to learn about nature of science arises from its neglect in formal science education, a major reason is the adherence to…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Universities
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Carvalho, Graca S.; Silva, Rui; Clement, Pierre – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
Our previous studies have shown that Portuguese primary school pupils and teachers have three main difficulties in the representation of the digestion process: the sequence of the digestive tract, blood absorption, and the relationship of the digestive function with other human functions. In this study we analysed the topic of digestion in 63…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Physiology, Biochemistry, Educational History
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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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Teixeira-Dias, Jose J. C.; Pedrosa de Jesus, Helena; Neri de Souza, Francisle; Watts, Mike – International Journal of Science Education, 2005
In Portugal, the number of students in higher education increased from 80,000 in 1975 to 381,000 in 2000 (a change from 11% to 53% in the age group 18-22), meaning a major change in the diversity of student population with consequences well known and studied in other countries. The teaching of chemistry at the University of Aveiro, for the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Motivation, Learning Processes
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Cardoso, Maria de Lurdes; Solomon, Joan – International Journal of Science Education, 2002
Considers how Portuguese and British parents of primary pupils rose to the challenge of having parents help them by taking part in home science activities, taking into account the recent history of science education in the two countries. Shows that the learning atmosphere is very different from that of school, being more conducive to relaxed and…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Education, Family Environment, Foreign Countries
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Seddon, G. M.; Pedrosa, M. A. – International Journal of Science Education, 1988
Examined whether and how the quality of students' explanations of chemical phenomena was affected by changing the method of giving the question and answer between the spoken and written formats. Concluded that there was no difference between the performance of students using any of these combinations of formats. (Author/YP)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Classroom Research
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Pereira, Mariana P.; Pestana, Maria Elisa M. – International Journal of Science Education, 1991
The pencil-and-paper assignment "Represent water in its three states using a model" was given to pupils (n=227) from eighth to twelfth grades. The findings show that the dominant model used was the space filling type; movement of particles was indicated by a minority of pupils; size of the model changed when drawn in different states.…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Cognitive Processes, Foreign Countries, Junior High Schools
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