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Balta, Nuri; Asikainen, Mervi A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The aim of this study was to characterise thoroughly the differences between Physics Olympiad competitors' and regular students' successes and approaches in relation to counterintuitive dynamics problems (CDPs) in order to discover some of the differences between skilled problem-solvers and those with fewer such skills. A total of 23 Physics…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Physics, Science Instruction, Competition
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Wang, Ya-Ling; Liang, Jyh-Chong; Tsai, Chin-Chung – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Science learning self-efficacy could be regarded as a multi-factor belief which comprises different aspects such as cognitive skills, practical work, and everyday application. However, few studies have investigated the relationships among these factors that compose science learning self-efficacy. Also, culture may play an important role in…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Cross Cultural Studies, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Ability
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Lin, Feng; Chan, Carol K. K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This study examined the role of computer-supported knowledge-building discourse and epistemic reflection in promoting elementary-school students' scientific epistemology and science learning. The participants were 39 Grade 5 students who were collectively pursuing ideas and inquiry for knowledge advance using Knowledge Forum (KF) while studying a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology
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Fuhrmann, Tamar; Schneider, Bertrand; Blikstein, Paulo – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The Bifocal Modelling Framework (BMF) is an approach for science learning which links students' physical experimentation with computer modelling in real time, focusing on the comparison of the two media. In this paper, we explore how a Bifocal Modelling implementation supported learning outcomes related to both content and metamodeling knowledge,…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Instruction, Models, Outcomes of Education
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Yacoubian, Hagop A.; Khishfe, Rola – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast between two theoretical frameworks for addressing nature of science (NOS) and socioscientific issues (SSI) in school science. These frameworks are critical thinking (CT) and argumentation (AR). For the past years, the first and second authors of this paper have pursued research in this area…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Persuasive Discourse, Guidelines, Comparative Analysis
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Liu, Shiyu; Lawrenz, Frances – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This research aimed to investigate the nature of cognitive processes when college students reason about evidence on global climate change (GCC). Twenty-six undergraduate students participated in this qualitative study, where they were interviewed to evaluate competing arguments on key issues related to GCC and discuss their own perspectives.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Climate, Cognitive Processes
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Aaron Price, C.; Chiu, A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
We present results of an experimental study of an urban, museum-based science teacher PD programme. A total of 125 teachers and 1676 of their students in grades 4-8 were tested at the beginning and end of the school year in which the PD programme took place. Teachers and students were assessed on subject content knowledge and attitudes towards…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Museums, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Yun, E.; Park, Y. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Just as language reflects one's thoughts, the text of science textbooks reflects the structure of scientific knowledge and thought. Therefore, students' learning of scientific language leads to their acquisition of the structure of scientific knowledge and thought. The purposes of this study were to extract scientific semantic network from science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Textbooks, Semantics, Language Usage
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Wang, Jianlan; Hazari, Zahra; Cass, Cheryl; Lock, Robynne – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Students enter physics classes with negative attitudes towards physics compared to the other sciences. Female students are more likely to opt out of a second higher-level physics course. Thus, the broad goal of this work is to better understand how to have the most lasting positive impact on female students' attitudes and motivations towards…
Descriptors: Memory, Longitudinal Studies, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction
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Piatek-Jimenez, Katrina; Cribbs, Jennifer; Gill, Nicole – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
In this study, we surveyed 499 college students at two different universities in the United States to determine what they believe are society's current stereotypes about male and female personality attributes. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics, Wilcoxon rank-sum tests, ANOVA, and regression. We found that college students do believe…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Introductory Courses, Sex Stereotypes, Disproportionate Representation
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Langbeheim, Elon; Levy, Sharona T. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
We developed a computerised simulation that utilises embodied modelling by letting students play the role of particles in a liquid. We compared the learning of two eight-grade classrooms that used the embodied modelling simulation during a weeklong learning module on phase change, with a comparison group that used an ordinary simulation with no…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Grade 8
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Velentzas, Athanasios; Halkia, Krystallia – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
In this study, an analysis of the structure of scientific explanations included in physics textbooks of upper secondary schools in Greece was completed. In scientific explanations for specific phenomena found in the sample textbooks, the "explanandum" is a logical consequence of the "explanans," which in all cases include at…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Physics, Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts
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Pan, Yi-Ting; Liu, Shu-Chiu – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate students' understanding of groundwater as a system, and to further examine whether and how their understanding is related to attitudes towards groundwater use and conservation. A total of 676 junior high school students completed a groundwater survey including a drawing activity and a questionnaire. An…
Descriptors: Water, Conservation (Environment), Student Surveys, Student Attitudes
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Zhang, Lin – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
As more concerns have been raised about withholding answers during science teaching, this article argues for a need to detach 'withholding answers' from 'hands-on' investigation tasks. The present study examined students' learning of light-related content through three conditions: 'hands-on' + no 'withholding' (hands-on only: HO), 'hands-on' +…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Investigations, Science Instruction, Grade 4
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Kalthoff, Britta; Theyssen, Heike; Schreiber, Nico – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Experimental skills should be acquired by learners at school and university alike. To promote experimental skills, various approaches exist within a spectrum between implicit and explicit instruction. Regarding these instructional approaches, numerous findings are available which predominantly relate to pupils. It is an open question whether it is…
Descriptors: Physics, Intervention, Science Instruction, Pretests Posttests
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