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Adadan, Emine; Yavuzkaya, Merve Nur – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This cross-sectional study examined how the progression and consistency of students' understanding of thermal concepts in everyday contexts changes across the grade levels. A total of 656 Turkish students from Grade 8 (age 13-14), Grade 10 (age 15-16), and the first year of college (age 19-20) participated in the study. The data were analysed…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Heat, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction
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Chabalengula, Vivien M.; Mumba, Frackson – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
The current "K-12 Science Education framework" and "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) in the United States emphasise the integration of engineering design in science instruction to promote scientific literacy and engineering design skills among students. As such, many engineering education programmes have developed…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Curriculum
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Gokpinar, Tuba; Reiss, Michael – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
The literature in science education highlights the potentially significant role of outside-school factors such as parents, cultural contexts and role models in students' formation of science attitudes and aspirations, and their attainment in science classes. In this paper, building on and linking Bourdieu's key concepts of habitus, cultural and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Case Studies, Models, Science Instruction
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Fang, Su-Chi; Hsu, Ying-Shao; Chang, Hsin-Yi; Chang, Wen-Hua; Wu, Hsin-Kai; Chen, Chih-Ming – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
In order to promote scientific inquiry in secondary schooling in Taiwan, the study developed a computer-based inquiry curriculum (including structured and guided inquiry units) and investigated how the curriculum influenced students' science learning. The curriculum was implemented in 5 junior secondary schools in the context of a weeklong summer…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Path Analysis
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Akerson, Valarie; Nargund-Joshi, Vanashri; Weiland, Ingrid; Pongsanon, Khemmawadee; Avsar, Banu – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This study explored third-grade elementary students' conceptions of nature of science (NOS) over the course of an entire school year as they participated in explicit-reflective science instruction. The "Views of" NOS-D (VNOS-D) was administered pre instruction, during mid-school year, and at the end of the school year to track…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Grade 3
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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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Lee, Yew-Jin; Chue, Shien – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
School-based curriculum innovations, including those in science education, are usually not adequately evaluated, if at all. Furthermore, current procedures and instruments for programme evaluations are often unable to support evidence-based decision-making. We suggest that adopting fidelity of implementation (FOI) criteria from healthcare research…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Educational Innovation
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Tao, Ying; Oliver, Mary Colette; Venville, Grady Jane – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Children have formal science instruction from kindergarten in Australia and from Year 3 in China. The purpose of this research was to explore the impact that different approaches to primary science curricula in China and Australia have on children's conceptual understanding of science. Participants were Year 3 children from three schools of high,…
Descriptors: Tests, Biological Sciences, Foreign Countries, Earth Science
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Melville, Wayne; Hardy, Ian; Bartley, Anthony – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
Using the insights of the French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu, this article considers the role of the science department chair in the reform of school science education. Using Bourdieu's "thinking tools" of "field", "habitus" and "capital", we case study the work of two teachers who both actively pursue the teaching and learning of science as…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Science Departments, Science Education, Department Heads
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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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Edmondston, Joanne Elisabeth; Dawson, Vaille; Schibeci, Renato – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
Despite rapid growth of the biotechnology industry worldwide, a number of public concerns about the application of biotechnology and its regulation remain. In response to these concerns, greater emphasis has been placed on promoting biotechnologists' public engagement. As tertiary science degree programmes form the foundation of the biotechnology…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Science Curriculum, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Lee, Hyunju; Witz, Klaus G. – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The need for the inclusion of socio-scientific issues (SSI) into science curricula has been generally accepted, but relatively few science teachers have incorporated SSI into their courses. Most science teachers feel that their most important task by far is to teach the principles of science, and any substantive pedagogical changes represent a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Educational Change, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Saez, Maria J.; Nino, Angela Gomez; Carretero, Antonio – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
The rapid growth of biotechnology knowledge during the past decades has made it necessary to rethink the contents of the school curriculum and has provoked a consideration of the ethical and social issues related to the use of biotechnological applications. With the financial assistance of the European Union, the European Initiative for…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Student Attitudes, Social Values, Science Curriculum
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Ogunniyi, M. B. – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
In response to the needs of a newly democratic South Africa, a new education policy required science teachers to integrate Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) with school science: Curriculum 2005 (C2005) was developed. The first phase of that curriculum was implemented in 1997 with the hope that by 2005 it would have been implemented in the entire…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Scientific Principles, Indigenous Knowledge
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Warwick, Paul; Siraj-Blatchford, John – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
The development of a science education that includes a focus upon the nature of science suggests the need for "pedagogic tools" that can be used to engage children with the procedural understandings that are central to the scientific approach to enquiry. This paper reports on a collaborative action research project that focused on the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Action Research, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students
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