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Sherin, Bruce – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
In this commentary, the author presents his thoughts on two papers appearing in this special issue. The first, "The Importance of Language in Students' Reasoning about Heat in Thermodynamic Processes," by David T. Brookes and Eugenia Etkina (See: EJ1060728), and the second, "Varying Use of Conceptual Metaphors Across Levels of…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Science Education, Schemata (Cognition), Science Instruction
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Núñez, Rafael – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
The last couple of decades have seen an enormous development in the study of embodied cognition through the investigation of conceptual mappings, such as conceptual metaphor and conceptual blending. Initially, this progress was achieved at a theoretical level, and more recently through empirical research in basic science--from psycholinguistics,…
Descriptors: Cognitive Mapping, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Schemata (Cognition)
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Treagust, David F.; Duit, Reinders – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
The role of analogies and metaphors has played a significant part in the work on teaching and learning science. This commentary discusses three papers from this current issue that cover a wide range of studies in the spirit of conceptual metaphors--ranging from a study somewhat similar to "classical" conceptual change, to a teacher…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Figurative Language, Concept Formation, Faculty Development
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Hodson, Derek – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This opinion piece paper urges teachers and teacher educators to draw careful distinctions among four basic learning goals: learning science, learning about science, doing science and learning to address socio-scientific issues. In elaboration, the author urges that careful attention is paid to the selection of teaching/learning methods that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods, Inquiry
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Hodson, Derek; Wong, Siu Ling – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Written in response to criticism of our work by Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, this position paper reaffirms and reinforces our position about the need to broaden and enrich the scope of nature of science (NOS) oriented curricula by exposing students to the voices of practising scientists. While Abd-El-Khalick's motivation for promoting the so-called…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Scientists, Scientific Attitudes
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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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Enderle, Patrick J.; Smith, Mike U.; Southerland, Sherry – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The existence, preponderance, and stability of misconceptions related to evolution continue as foci of research in science education. In their 2006 study, Geraedts and Boersma question the existence of stable Lamarckian misconceptions in students, challenging the utility of Conceptual Change theory in addressing any such misconceptions. To support…
Descriptors: Evolution, Prior Learning, Misconceptions, Science Education
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Levinson, Ralph – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
This paper develops a conceptual basis for a model on the teaching of socio-scientific controversial issues for secondary or high school students. I argue that the teaching of controversial issues needs a stronger theoretical base. Drawing on a liberal democratic conception of possible sources of conflict, three strands are developed that provide…
Descriptors: Models, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Traianou, Anna – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
In recent years, increasing emphasis has come to be placed, both by researchers and by policy-makers, on the adequacy of primary teachers' subject knowledge of science. Within research, this emphasis has been linked to the rise of constructivist ideas about the significance of establishing children's prior conceptions of scientific concepts for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Sociocultural Patterns, Scientific Concepts, Teacher Effectiveness
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Taskin, Ozgur – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
A recent paper by Yilmaz, Boone, and Andersen (2004) is criticized on four grounds. First, the paper does not have adequate definitions of "urban" and "sub"urban". Second, the interpretation of these terms for Ankara does not reveal the particular socio-economic circumstances existing there. Third, no clear grounds are…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Criticism, Research Problems, Statistical Bias
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Yilmaz-Tuzun, Ozgul; Boone, William J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
In the commentary provided by Taskin (2006), he states that the authors' study did not provide valid information regarding the research sample. Taskin implies that it is therefore difficult to generalize findings of this study to Turkish elementary and middle school students. In this article, the author states that in their paper they provide…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Expository Writing, Misconceptions, Rhetorical Criticism
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Hudson, Peter – International Journal of Science Education, 2005
A literature-based survey gathered 331 final-year preservice teachers' perceptions of their mentoring in primary science education from nine Australian universities. Data were analysed within five factors proposed for mentoring (i.e., Personal Attributes, System Requirements, Pedagogical Knowledge, Modelling, and Feedback). Results indicated that…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Student Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Davies, Ian – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
I argue that there is potential for collaborative work between science educators and citizenship educators. However, following comments about that potential, I raise a number of challenges. Those challenges relate to the public perception of science, narrow academic perspectives of some science educators, and problematic attempts to develop a form…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Davies, Ian – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
I argue that there is potential for collaborative work between science educators and citizenship educators. However, following comments about that potential, I raise a number of challenges. Those challenges relate to the public perception of science, narrow academic perspectives of some science educators, and problematic attempts to develop a form…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers
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Gough, Noel – International Journal of Science Education, 2002
Appraises a number of approaches to 'thinking globally' in environmental education with particular reference to popular assumptions about the universal applicability of Western science. Suggests that the contribution of Western science to understanding and resolving environmental problems might be enhanced by seeing it as one among many local…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Critical Thinking, Economics, Environmental Education
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