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Hansen, Linda; Monk, Martin – International Journal of Science Education, 2002
Reviews evidence of the way the maturation of the brain may structure the plasticity that is available for the construction of the mind. Presents evidence taken from non-invasive imaging techniques that makes use of electrode potentials, magnetic resonance, or positron emission. Discusses the development of the brain in terms of grey and white…
Descriptors: Brain, Cognitive Processes, Learning Processes, Science Education
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Buncick, M. C.; Betts, P. G.; Horgan, D. D. – International Journal of Science Education, 2001
Presents a series of standard demonstrations as examples of activities that can be used to introduce multiple concepts and tie different sections of an introductory physics course together. Contributes to changes in classroom dynamics by stimulating student engagement and encouraging inclusivity. (Contains 23 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, College Curriculum, Demonstrations (Science)
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Watts, Mike – International Journal of Science Education, 2001
Attempts to answer the question, Can school science be both a scientific and a literary experience or--in particular-an aesthetic, poetic experience? Highlights the power of poetry to stimulate observation, imagination, and emotion in school science. Examples of poems from published sources are used to illustrate ways in which verse can be used…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Poetry, Science Instruction
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Rogers, Laurence; Newton, Leonard – International Journal of Science Education, 2001
Evaluates a new version of software explicitly designed to make links with several external factors, in particular with another software application for supporting investigative work in practical science. Explores the contributions to the learning process made by the teacher, the student, and the software itself. (Author/SAH)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation
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Kolstoe, Stein Dankert – International Journal of Science Education, 2000
Argues that knowledge of social aspects of science are important and relevant for science education for citizenship. Presents a teaching model for engaging students in thoughtful decision-making on controversial socio-scientific issues. (Contains 48 references.) (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Action, Elementary Secondary Education, Science and Society
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Tsai, Chin-Chung – International Journal of Science Education, 2000
Argues for using "conflict maps" as a way of enhancing science teaching and learning. The conflict map emphasizes not only the use of discrepant events, but also the resolution of conflict between students' alternative conceptions and the scientific conception. Discusses the conflict map as an instructional aid for teachers or as a…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Knowledge Representation
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Clement, John – International Journal of Science Education, 2000
Presents a framework that connects concepts such as expert consensus models, target models, intermediate models, preconceptions, learning processes, and natural reasoning skills for thinking about cognitive factors involved in model construction in the classroom. Provides guidance to teachers in the form of instructional principles and reminds…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Processes, Metacognition, Misconceptions
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Borges, A. Tarciso; Gilbert, John K. – International Journal of Science Education, 1999
Reports on four models that show a possible pattern of progression that may be related to individual acquisition of conceptual knowledge about electricity. Contains 45 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Electricity, Foreign Countries
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Keogh, Brenda; Naylor, Stuart – International Journal of Science Education, 1999
Describes the nature and development of concept cartoons as an innovative constructivist teaching and learning strategy. An evaluation of the use of concept cartoons in a wide range of teaching situations indicated that the response of teachers and learners to the cartoons was generally highly positive. Makes suggestions for implementing concept…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Kramers-Pals, H.; Pilot, A. – International Journal of Science Education, 1988
Presents four guidelines for teaching quantitative problem-solving based on research results: analyze difficulties of students, develop a system of heuristics, select and map key relations, and design instruction with proper orientation, exercise, and feedback. Discusses the four guidelines and uses flow charts and diagrams to show how the…
Descriptors: Feedback, Guidelines, Heuristics, Problem Solving
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Kempa, R. F.; Ward, J. E. – International Journal of Science Education, 1988
Reported are observational limits of detectability for several single stimulus and multi-stimuli observation tasks in secondary level chemistry. Provided are tables of actual results obtained including type of observation, chemical system used, method of determining stimulus magnitude, and observational thresholds. (Author/YP)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Data Interpretation, Experiments, Laboratory Experiments
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Roth, Wolff-Michael – International Journal of Science Education, 1998
Argues that much of the conceptual-change literature does not study change per se, but infers, often from interviews, changes in students' conceptions and discourse during learning. Concludes that what is needed are descriptions of learning trajectories. Contains 17 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Discourse Analysis, Higher Education, Interviews
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Reiner, Miriam – International Journal of Science Education, 1998
Describes a study that illustrates that collaborative-thought experiments are emergent phenomena triggered by events as a whole rather than being predesigned. Points out that participants gradually adopt shared graphical representations and meanings. Contains 28 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Higher Education
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Petri, Juergen; Niedderer, Hans – International Journal of Science Education, 1998
Describes one student's learning pathway as a sequence of several metastable conceptions of the atom starting from a planetary model. Displays the final cognitive element as an association of three parallel conceptions. Contains 26 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries, High Schools