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Tay, Su Lynn; Yeo, Jennifer – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Great teaching is characterised by the specific actions a teacher takes in the classroom to bring about learning. In the context of model-based teaching (MBT), teachers' difficulty in working with students' models that are not scientifically consistent is troubling. To address this problem, the aim of this study is to identify the pedagogical…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Models
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Frumin, Kim; Dede, Chris; Fischer, Christian; Foster, Brandon; Lawrenz, Frances; Eisenkraft, Arthur; Fishman, Barry; Jurist Levy, Abigail; McCoy, Ayana – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Over the past decade, the field of teacher professional learning has coalesced around core characteristics of high quality professional development experiences (e.g. Borko, Jacobs, & Koellner, 2010. Contemporary approaches to teacher professional development. In P. L. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGaw (Eds.), "International encyclopedia…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Computer Mediated Communication, Science Instruction
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Randles, Christopher; Overton, Tina; Galloway, Ross; Wallace, Marsali – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This paper describes the results of a comparative study into the approaches used by science undergraduates when solving open-ended problems. This study adopted a pseudo-grounded theory framework to analyse six case studies, one from each of the science disciplines studied. The study involved 70 participants from 5 institutions solving open-ended…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Problem Solving, Science Process Skills
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Andersson, J.; Enghag, M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
In this case study, we explore students' communication during practical work in physics at an upper secondary school in Sweden from a sociocultural perspective. We investigate the relation between the interaction and content of students' communication and outcomes of their actions, with the purpose of finding new knowledge for informing teachers…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Physics, Science Instruction, Case Studies
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Viennot, Laurence; Décamp, Nicolas – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This investigation is focused on possible links between the development of critical attitude and conceptual understanding. We conducted a fine grained analysis of five student teachers' critical and conceptual development during a one hour and a half interaction with an expert. This investigation completes a series of three previous studies…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Concept Formation, Expertise, Physics
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Wong, Chee Leong; Chu, Hye-Eun; Yap, Kueh Chin – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
One important purpose of a definition is to explain the meaning of a word. Any problems associated with a definition may impede students' learning. However, research studies on the definitional problems from the perspective of physics education are limited. Physics educators may not be aware of the nature and extent of definitional problems.…
Descriptors: Definitions, Science Education, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Bennett, Judith; Lubben, Fred; Hampden-Thompson, Gillian – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
This paper presents the findings of the qualitative component of a combined methods research study that explores a range of individual and school factors that influence the uptake of chemistry and physics in post-compulsory study in England. The first phase involves using the National Pupil Database to provide a sampling frame to identify four…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics
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Mansour, Nasser – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
To gain a better understanding of teachers' beliefs about teaching, as compared with their in-reality classroom practices, case studies were constructed with four science teachers in different schools in Egypt. The main aims of this article were to provide an answer to the research question, "To what extent do science teachers' beliefs…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Badreddine, Zeynab; Buty, Christian – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
Teaching and learning are time-dependant processes. It can be hypothesised that the content coherence during a teaching sequence is an important factor of learning. In this perspective, it is of great interest to follow the occurrences of a notion and the development of its meanings in the classroom discourse, all along the various sessions of a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Video Technology, Grade 7, Physics
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Smithenry, Dennis William – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
The case study presented in this paper examines the work of one high school chemistry teacher who has integrated guided inquiry into a yearlong, traditional curricular framework in ways that take into account the constraints and realities of her classroom. The study's findings suggest (1) the extent and frequency to which teachers can…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Teachers, Case Studies, Inquiry
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Akatugba, Ayo Harriet; Wallace, John – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
This study examines students' use of proportional reasoning in high school physics problem-solving in a West African school setting. An in-depth, constructivist, and interpretive case study was carried out with six physics students from a co-educational senior secondary school in Nigeria over a period of five months. The study aimed to elicit…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Physics
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Taber, Keith S. – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
Two reasons are suggested for studying the degree of conceptual integration in student thinking. The linking of new material to existing knowledge is an important aspect of meaningful learning. It is also argued that conceptual coherence is a characteristic of scientific knowledge and a criterion used in evaluating new theories. Appreciating this…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Thinking Skills, Concept Formation, Case Studies
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Gaigher, E.; Rogan, J. M.; Braun, M. W. H. – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
A study on the effect of a structured problem-solving strategy on problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding of physics was undertaken with 189 students in 16 disadvantaged South African schools. This paper focuses on the development of conceptual understanding. New instruments, namely a solutions map and a conceptual index, are…
Descriptors: Physics, Problem Solving, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Sins, Patrick H. M.; Savelsbergh, Elwin R.; van Joolingen, Wouter R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2005
Although computer modelling is widely advocated as a way to offer students a deeper understanding of complex phenomena, the process of modelling is rather complex itself and needs scaffolding. In order to offer adequate support, a thorough understanding of the reasoning processes students employ and of difficulties they encounter during a…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Models, Computer Simulation, Thinking Skills
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Geelan, David; Wildy, Helen; Louden, William; Wallace, John – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
Literature on the related notions of 'teaching for understanding' and 'exemplary teaching' tends to be interpreted as prescribing certain classroom approaches. These are usually the strategies often identified with constructivist teaching, which involve a redefinition of the teacher's role: rather than being seen as a source of knowledge and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Constructivism (Learning), Teaching Styles
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