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Lamminpää, Jaakko; Vesterinen, Veli-Matti – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Studies show that teachers and students use humour when communicating with each other in a science education context. This study investigates the use of humour during a collaborative inquiry laboratory task on an undergraduate chemistry course and an undergraduate physics course. Seven groups of students working on a collaborative inquiry task…
Descriptors: Humor, Cooperative Learning, Chemistry, Physics
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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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Bennett, Judith; Dunlop, Lynda; Knox, Kerry J.; Reiss, Michael J.; Torrance Jenkins, Rebecca – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Practical independent research projects (IRPs) are a feature of school science in a number of countries. To assess the impact of IRPs on students, a systematic review of the literature was undertaken. Thirty-nine papers met the review inclusion criteria, reporting on work from twelve countries. The review indicates that IRPs are often associated…
Descriptors: High School Students, Physics, Science Instruction, Problem Based Learning
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Kerby, Holly Walter; DeKorver, Brittland K.; Cantor, Joanne – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Advocates for the use of story in science education assert that it can bolster understanding of science concepts in classroom settings and enhance interest and engagement. However, only a handful of classroom studies confirm these claims, and many of them use story as an introduction, not the primary method of content delivery. Reasons for this…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Science Interests, Teaching Methods
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Sutter, A. McKinzie; Dauer, Jenny M.; Forbes, Cory T. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
One aim of science education is to develop scientific literacy for decision-making in daily life. Socio-scientific issues (SSI) and structured decision-making frameworks can help students reach these objectives. This research uses value belief norm (VBN) theory and construal level theory (CLT) to explore students' use of personal values in their…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Norms, Undergraduate Students, Decision Making
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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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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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Magaji, A.; Ade-Ojo, G.; Betteney, M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This mixed method study investigated the extent to which the use of a model built around student-led questioning and feedback improved the learner engagement and attainment of a cohort of students. It compared outcomes from an experimental with a control group of students in Key-Stage 3 using a set of parameters. It found that the experimental…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Questioning Techniques, Feedback (Response)
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Šimunovic, Mara; Reic Ercegovac, Ina; Burušic, Josip – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The success of science education in classroom and out-of-school settings can be influenced by parents' behaviours and STEM-related values. The present study investigated pathways in parent-to-child transmission of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) values by examining at same time parents' values and behaviours, along with their…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Path Analysis, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship
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van Schijndel, Tessa J. P.; Jansen, Brenda R. J.; Raijmakers, Maartje E. J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This study investigates how individual differences in 7- to 9-year-olds' curiosity relate to the inquiry-learning process and outcomes in environments differing in structure. The focus on curiosity as individual differences variable was motivated by the importance of curiosity in science education, and uncertainty being central to both the…
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Personality Traits, Active Learning, Inquiry
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Dorph, Rena; Bathgate, Meghan E.; Schunn, Christian D.; Cannady, Matthew A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This paper proposes three new measures of components STEM career preferences (affinity, certainty, and goal), and then explores which dimensions of "science learning activation" (fascination, values, competency belief, and scientific sensemaking) are predictive of STEM career preferences. Drawn from the ALES14 dataset, a sample of 2938…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Careers, Career Choice, Vocational Interests
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Malkawi, Amal Reda; Rababah, Ebtesam Qassim – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This study investigated the degree that Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) criteria from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were included in self-reported teaching practices of twelfth-grade science teachers in Jordan. This study sampled (n = 315) science teachers recruited from eight different public school directorates. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, High Schools
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Sundberg, Bodil; Areljung, Sofie; Due, Karin; Ekström, Kenneth; Ottander, Christina; Tellgren, Britt – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
In this study, Activity Theory (AT) is used to analyse general patterns for how cultural and historical factors interact with the shaping of science activities in preschools. Data was produced from field notes, video observations, video stimulated recall group discussions and individual interviews with preschool teachers at fourteen preschool…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Educational Environment
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Nichol, Carolyn; Chow, Alice; Furtwengler, Scott – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
We first examined the effects of a year-long professional development (PD) programme for elementary science teachers on fifth grade student performance on state-mandated science achievement tests of students from a treatment and a comparison group of teachers in the 2009-2010 academic year. Then, we investigated the longer-term impacts by…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Goodnough, Karen – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This case study focuses on the professional learning of 38 K-9 teachers who engaged in a professional development (PD) programme in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through collaborative action research (CAR). Through the lens of CHAT or Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, the author examined what teachers were learning,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Faculty Development, STEM Education, Action Research
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