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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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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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Walker, Kimberly A.; Zeidler, Dana L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
This case study investigated the implementation of an inquiry-based curricular unit that was designed to promote student discourse and debate on aspects related to the nature of science, using a socioscientific issue of genetically modified foods. Two high school science classrooms participated in the study that took place over seven consecutive…
Descriptors: Classrooms, Scientific Principles, Case Studies, Persuasive Discourse
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Mutonyi, Harriet; Nielsen, Wendy; Nashon, Samson – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
The term scientific literacy is defined differently in different contexts. The term literacy simply refers to the ability for one to read and write, but recent studies in language literacy have extended this definition. New literacy research seeks a redefinition in terms of how skills are used rather than how they are learned. Contemporary…
Descriptors: Grade 11, Prior Learning, Student Attitudes, Scientific Concepts
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Cousins, Andrew – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
This paper gives a nuanced analysis of participation rates in secondary chemistry by developing the "story" behind national trends and subject selection patterns within an independent school located in a large Australian city. It supplements the documented quantitative data by presenting a case-study where 30 Year 12 chemistry students…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Student Motivation, Private Schools, Gender Differences
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Gynnild, Vidar; Holstad, Anders; Myrhaug, Dag – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
This paper presents a number of case studies in Oceanography, an optional module in the third/fourth year of a Master of Science programme at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The main objective was to gain more thorough insights into student learning by examining two sets of individual oral examinations. In addition, all students…
Descriptors: Psychotherapy, Oceanography, Case Studies, Engineering Education
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Hennessy, Sara; Deaney, Rosemary; Ruthven, Kenneth – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
This study explored teachers' pedagogical strategies for using multimedia simulation to structure and support secondary science teaching. Expertise was investigated across a range of classroom settings to analyse how specialist knowledge is situated within and adapted to the teaching and learning context. Analysis of data arising from 10 lesson…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Multimedia Instruction, Simulation
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Aldridge, Jill M.; Laugksch, Rudiger C.; Seopa, Mampone A.; Fraser, Barry J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
This article describes the development and validation of an instrument that can be used to assess students' perceptions of their learning environment as a means of monitoring and guiding changes towards outcomes-based education. In the first phase, data collected from 2638 Grade 8 science students from 50 classes in 50 schools in the Limpopo…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Educational Environment, Student Attitudes
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Prain, Vaughan; Waldrip, Bruce – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
As part of a long-term research study to enhance science learning, this paper reports on an exploratory study aimed at identifying initial beliefs and practices of a group of teachers and students (Years 4-6) in Australia when the students engaged with multiple representations of the same science concepts. There is growing recognition in science…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Elementary Education, Teacher Surveys
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Cakmakci, Gultekin; Leach, John; Donnelly, James – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
This cross-sectional study identifies key conceptual difficulties experienced by upper secondary school and pre-service chemistry teachers (N = 191) in the area of reaction rates. Students' ideas about reaction rates were elicited through a series of written tasks and individual interviews. In this paper, students' ideas related to reaction rate…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Mathematical Models, Models
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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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Dori, Yehudit J.; Herscovitz, Orit – International Journal of Science Education, 2005
Reform efforts are often unsuccessful because they failed to understand that teachers play a key role in making educational reforms successful. This paper describes a long-term teacher professional development (PD) program aimed at educating and training teachers to teach interdisciplinary topics using case-based method in science. The research…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Teaching Methods, Science Teachers, Professional Development
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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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Hofstein, Avi; Shore, Relly; Kipnis, Mira – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
An inquiry-type laboratory was implemented into the chemistry curriculum in high schools in Israel. The study included development of inquiry-type experiments, assessment tools for a continuous assessment of students' achievements and progress, and a long-term professional development program for teachers who decided to implement the program in…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Laboratories, Chemistry
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Bencze, Larry; Elshof, Leo – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
Efforts to promote more realistic conceptions about science are often limited by teachers' inexperience in this domain. In this paper, we describe an 'inductive-deductive, dialectic immersion' approach towards assisting teachers in developing more realistic conceptions about science--along with corresponding revised perspectives about science…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Epistemology, Ecology, Science Teachers
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