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Wang, Ya-Ling; Liang, Jyh-Chong; Tsai, Chin-Chung – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Science learning self-efficacy could be regarded as a multi-factor belief which comprises different aspects such as cognitive skills, practical work, and everyday application. However, few studies have investigated the relationships among these factors that compose science learning self-efficacy. Also, culture may play an important role in…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Cross Cultural Studies, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Ability
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Navy, S. L.; Luft, J. A.; Toerien, R.; Hewson, P. W. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
In many parts of the world, newly hired science teachers' practices are developing in a complex policy environment. However, little is known about how newly hired science teachers' practices are enacted throughout a cycle of instruction and how these practices can be influenced by macro-, meso-, and micro-policies. Knowing how policies impact…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Educational Policy
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Oon, Pey Tee; Subramaniam, R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
We report here on a comparative study of middle school students' attitudes towards science involving three countries: England, Singapore and the U.S.A. Complete attitudinal data sets from TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) 2011 were used, thus giving a very large sample size (N = 20,246), compared to other studies in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes
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Vennix, Johanna; den Brok, Perry; Taconis, Ruurd – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The present study investigated outreach activities, developed by STEM-based companies or universities in co-creation with secondary education with the aim to inform students about and motivate them for a career in STEM by connecting the work-context with school-science. Although many of such activities are being offered, little is known about…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Secondary School Science, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
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Sahin, Alpaslan; Ekmekci, Adem; Waxman, Hersh C. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study examines college students' science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) choices as they relate to high school experiences, parent, teacher, and self-expectations, and mathematics and science efficacy. Participants were 2246 graduates of a STEM-focused public Harmony Public Schools in Texas, Harmony Public Schools (HPS).…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), Higher Education, Student Experience
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Barrie, Simon C.; Bucat, Robert B.; Buntine, Mark A.; Burke da Silva, Karen; Crisp, Geoffrey T.; George, Adrian V.; Jamie, Ian M.; Kable, Scott H.; Lim, Kieran F.; Pyke, Simon M.; Read, Justin R.; Sharma, Manjula D.; Yeung, Alexandra – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Student experience surveys have become increasingly popular to probe various aspects of processes and outcomes in higher education, such as measuring student perceptions of the learning environment and identifying aspects that could be improved. This paper reports on a particular survey for evaluating individual experiments that has been developed…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Forbes, Cory; Lange, Kim; Möller, Kornelia; Biggers, Mandy; Laux, Mira; Zangori, Laura – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
To help explain the differences in students' performance on internationally administered science assessments, cross-national, video-based observational studies have been advocated, but none have yet been conducted at the elementary level for science. The USA and Germany are two countries with large formal education systems whose students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Video Technology, Elementary School Science
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Athanasiou, Kyriacos; Mavrikaki, Evangelia – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
The primary objective of this research was to compare various groups of Greek university students for their level of knowledge of Evolution by means of Natural Selection (ENS). For the purpose of the study, we used a well known questionnaire the Conceptual Inventory of Natural Selection (CINS) and 352 biology majors and non-majors students from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Questionnaires, Science Education
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Jones, M. Gail; Paechter, Manuela; Yen, Chiung-Fen; Gardner, Grant; Taylor, Amy; Tretter, Thomas – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
Metric scale is an important concept taught as part of science curricula across different countries. This study explored metric and relative (body-length) scale concepts of inservice ("N"?=?92) and preservice ("N"?=?134) teachers from Austria, and Taiwan, and their concepts were compared with those of teachers from the USA.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Concepts, Scaling, Metric System
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Bodzin, Alec – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
This study investigated urban eighth-grade students' knowledge of energy resources and associated issues including energy acquisition, energy generation, storage and transport, and energy consumption and conservation. A 39 multiple-choice-item energy resources knowledge assessment was completed by 1043 eighth-grade students in urban schools in two…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Energy, Urban Schools, Energy Conservation
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Wee, Bryan – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Children's everyday ideas form critical foundations for science learning yet little research has been conducted to understand and legitimize these ideas, particularly from an international perspective. This paper explores children's everyday ideas about the environment across the US, Singapore and China to understand what they reveal about…
Descriptors: Science Tests, Science Education, Asian Americans, Foreign Countries
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DiGironimo, Nicole – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
The science education literature clearly shows that knowledge of the nature of technology is an educational goal; however there is a lack of research on student conceptions about the nature of technology. To address this gap in the literature, this research began with a thorough review of the literature on scientific and technological literacy,…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Literacy, Technological Literacy, Investigations
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Judson, Eugene – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
This study examined the mental models of the desert environment held by fourth- and seventh-grade students in the USA and whether those mental models could be affected by: (1) classroom field trips to a desert riparian preserve, and (2) interaction with family members at the same preserve. Results generally indicated that students in this study…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Grade 4, Grade 7, Cognitive Structures
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Smith, Dorothy Veronica – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
The past 20 years or so have seen ongoing concern for the nature of science education in the Anglophone developed world. A particular focus of this concern has been the need to find new ways to frame science curricula that will engage students, yet it is proving difficult to achieve this goal. In this article I argue that the impact on science…
Descriptors: Outcome Based Education, Political Attitudes, Social Influences, Science Education
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Titrek, Osman; Cobern, William W. – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
The process of modernization began in Turkey under the reform government of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938). Turkey officially became a secular nation seeking to develop a modern economy with modern science and technology and political democracy. Turkey also has long been, and remains, a deeply religious society. Specifically, the practice of…
Descriptors: Democracy, Social Change, Foreign Countries, Sciences
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