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Vulperhorst, Jonne Pieter; Wessels, Koen Rens; Bakker, Arthur; Akkerman, Sanne Floor – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has lately received attention in research due to a gap between the number of STEM students and the needs of the labour market. As interest seems to be one of the most important factors in deciding what to study, we focus in the present study on how STEM-interested students weigh…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Interests, Higher Education, Questionnaires
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Young, Anna M.; Wendel, Paul J.; Esson, Joan M.; Plank, Kathryn M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Decline in student motivation is a concern for STEM education, especially for underrepresented groups in the sciences. Using the Science Motivation Questionnaire II, 41 foundational STEM courses were surveyed at the beginning and end of each semester in an academic year at a small primarily undergraduate university. Significant pre- to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, STEM Education, Student Motivation, Questionnaires
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Sahin, Alpaslan; Ekmekci, Adem; Waxman, Hersh C. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study examines college students' science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) choices as they relate to high school experiences, parent, teacher, and self-expectations, and mathematics and science efficacy. Participants were 2246 graduates of a STEM-focused public Harmony Public Schools in Texas, Harmony Public Schools (HPS).…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), Higher Education, Student Experience
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Kirschner, Sophie; Borowski, Andreas; Fischer, Hans E.; Gess-Newsome, Julie; von Aufschnaiter, Claudia – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Teachers' professional knowledge is assumed to be a key variable for effective teaching. As teacher education has the goal to enhance professional knowledge of current and future teachers, this knowledge should be described and assessed. Nevertheless, only a limited number of studies quantitatively measures physics teachers' professional…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Tests, Test Format, Science Instruction
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Lykkegaard, Eva; Ulriksen, Lars – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
During the past 30 years, Eccles' comprehensive social-psychological Expectancy-Value Model of Motivated Behavioural Choices (EV-MBC model) has been proven suitable for studying educational choices related to Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM). The reflections of 15 students in their last year in upper-secondary school…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, STEM Education, Foreign Countries, Reflection
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Kelly, Regina; McLoughlin, Eilish; Finlayson, Odilla E. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
An interdisciplinary science course has been implemented at a university with the intention of providing students the opportunity to develop a range of key skills in relation to: real-world connections of science, problem-solving, information and communications technology use and team while linking subject knowledge in each of the science…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Higher Education, Science Curriculum, Science Education
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Oon, Pey-Tee; Subramaniam, R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This study explored an under-researched area in science education--the university programmes preferred by high school students who take physical science subjects and the reasons that matter in their preferences. A total of 1,071 upper secondary and pre-university students in Singapore, who take physical science subjects among their range of…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Education, Engineering Education, Occupational Aspiration
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Kirby, Nicola F.; Dempster, Edith R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
In South Africa, foundation programmes are a well-established alternative access route to tertiary science study for educationally disadvantaged students. Student access to, and performance in, one such foundation programme has been researched by the authors seeking opportunities to improve student retention. The biology module in particular has…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Academic Discourse, Language of Instruction
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Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Students' science choices have long attracted attention in both public and research. Recently there has been a call for qualitative studies to explore how choices create a sense of fit for individual students. Therefore, this paper aims to study how science students' choices of higher education are performed and to uncover the patterns of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Qualitative Research, STEM Education, Decision Making
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Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup; Madsen, Lene Møller; Ulriksen, Lars – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
In the literature, there is a general concern that a less number of students choose to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). This paper presents results from a Danish longitudinal study which examines students' choice of whether or not to continue studying STEM after upper-secondary school. In particular, this study focuses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Course Selection (Students), Higher Education
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Goulder, Raymond; Scott, Graham W.; Scott, Lisa J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
It is widely held among biology teachers that fieldwork is valuable, but little is heard about students' perception of fieldwork or about the reasons for their liking or disliking fieldwork. This paper uses data from students to explore the hypotheses (1) that biology students with a positive perception of fieldwork have a less positive perception…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Field Experience Programs, Field Instruction
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Magana, Alejandra J.; Brophy, Sean P.; Bryan, Lynn A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Size and scale cognition is a critical ability associated with reasoning with concepts in different disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As such, researchers and educators have identified the need for young learners and their educators to become scale-literate. Informed by developmental psychology literature and recent…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, Models, STEM Education
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Christian, Karen; Talanquer, Vicente – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
The central goal of the present exploratory study was to investigate the nature of the content-related interactions in study groups independently organized by college organic chemistry students. We were particularly interested in the identification of the different factors that affected the emergence of opportunities for students to co-construct…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Organic Chemistry, Chemistry
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Nisiforou, Olympia; Charalambides, Alexandros George – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Biodiversity is a key resource as it provides both goods and services to society. However, humans value these resources differently, especially when biodiversity is exploited for its economic potential; a destruction on a scale rarely seen before. In order to decrease the threats that biodiversity is facing due to human activity, globally (climate…
Descriptors: Climate, Knowledge Level, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries
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Quinnell, Rosanne; May, Elizabeth; Peat, Mary – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
We surveyed first year students at the start and at the end of their first semester of university biology (n = 285) as to their approaches to study ("surface", "deep") and their conceptions of biology ("fragmented", "cohesive"). Hierarchical cluster analysis was used to group students who responded similarly…
Descriptors: Profiles, Curriculum Development, Biology, Learning Strategies
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