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Pitjeng-Mosabala, Phihlo; Rollnick, Marissa – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This study investigates the development of Topic-Specific Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TSPCK) of 14 novice uncertified graduate science teachers during a Professional Development Intervention (PDI) on teaching particulate nature of matter. TSPCK was defined in terms of five knowledge components: learner prior knowledge, curricular saliency,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Beginning Teachers, Graduate Study
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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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Benedict-Chambers, Amanda; Kademian, Sylvie M.; Davis, Elizabeth A.; Palincsar, Annemarie Sullivan – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Science education reforms articulate a vision of ambitious science teaching where teachers engage students in sensemaking discussions and emphasise the integration of scientific practices with science content. Learning to teach in this way is complex, and there are few examples of sensemaking discussions in schools where textbook lessons and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Units of Study, Inquiry
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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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Dolphin, Glenn; Benoit, Wendy – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
At present, quality earth science education in grade school is rare, increasing the importance of post-secondary courses. Observations of post-secondary geoscience indicate students often maintain errant ideas about the earth, even after direct instruction. This qualitative case study documents model-building activities of students as they…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction, Earth Science
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Tripto, Jaklin; Ben-Zvi Assaraf, Orit; Snapir, Zohar; Amit, Miriam – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This study examined the reflection interview as a tool for assessing and facilitating the use of "systems language" amongst 11th grade students who have recently completed their first year of high school biology. Eighty-three students composed two concept maps in the 10th grade--one at the beginning of the school year and one at its end.…
Descriptors: High School Students, Reflection, Interviews, Grade 11
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Wierdsma, Menno; Boersma, Kerst Th.; Knippels, Marie-Christine; van Oers, Bert – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
In many science education practices, students are expected to develop an understanding of scientific knowledge without being allowed a view of the practices and cultures that have developed and use this knowledge. Therefore, students should be allowed to develop scientific concepts in relation to the contexts in which those concepts are used.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biology, Science Education, 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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King, Donna; English, Lyn D. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Internationally there is a need for research that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to equip students with the skills needed for a rapidly changing future. One way to do this is through designing engineering activities that reflect real-world problems and contextualise students' learning of STEM concepts.…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries
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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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Waight, Noemi; Liu, Xiufeng; Gregorius, Roberto Ma.; Smith, Erica; Park, Mihwa – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This paper reports on a case study of an immersive and integrated multi-instructional approach (namely computer-based model introduction and connection with content; facilitation of individual student exploration guided by exploratory worksheet; use of associated differentiated labs and use of model-based assessments) in the implementation of…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Chemistry
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Giamellaro, Michael – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This paper reports on a study of primary contextualization processes during science immersion trips and the resultant student learning. Four High School Ecology classes (n?=?67) and teachers participated. Through a pre-/post-assessment of science concept knowledge (Pathfinder Network Modeling) and follow-up interviews with students, it was…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Education, Ecology, Immersion Programs
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Isik-Ercan, Zeynep; Zeynep Inan, Hatice; Nowak, Jeffrey A.; Kim, Beomjin – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This qualitative case study describes (a) the ways 3D visualization, coupled with other science and literacy experiences, supported young children's first exploration of the Earth-Sun-Moon system and (b) the perspectives of classroom teachers and children on using 3D visualization. We created three interactive 3D software modules that simulate day…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Urban Schools, Astronomy
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Seah, Lay Hoon; Clarke, David John; Hart, Christina Eugene – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This case study of a science lesson, on the topic thermal expansion, examines the language demands on students from an integrated science and language perspective. The data were generated during a sequence of 9 lessons on the topic of "States of Matter" in a Grade 7 classroom (12-13 years old students). We identify the language demands…
Descriptors: Science Education, Case Studies, Scientific Literacy, Middle Schools
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