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Tas, Yasemin; Aksoy, Gökhan; Cengiz, Ekrem – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study investigates the effect of design-based science (DBS) instruction on students' learning of electrical energy and students' metacognitive strategy use in science. Two classes of seventh-grade students participated in the study. DBS instruction was used in the treatment group, while the comparison group was taught the unit with…
Descriptors: Design, Science Education, Science Instruction, Energy
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Marshall, Jeff C.; Smart, Julie B.; Alston, Daniel M. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
The current study, involving 219 teachers and 15,292 students, examined the relationship between teacher participation in a sustained professional development intervention designed to improve the quantity and quality of guided inquiry-based instruction in middle school science classrooms and subsequent student academic growth. Utilizing a…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Scientific Concepts, Academic Achievement
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Höffler, Tim Niclas; Bonin, Victoria; Parchmann, Ilka – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Competitions are discussed as a measure to foster students' interest, especially for highly gifted and talented students. In the current study, participants of a cognitive school competition in science were compared to non-participants of the same age group (14-15) who either did not participate in any competition or who participated in a…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Self Concept, Competition, Athletics
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Lin, Sheau-Wen; Liu, Yu; Chen, Shin-Feng; Wang, Jing-Ru; Kao, Huey-Lien – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to develop a computer-based measure of elementary students' science talk and to report students' benchmarks. The development procedure had three steps: defining the framework of the test, collecting and identifying key reference sets of science talk, and developing and verifying the science talk instrument. The…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Grade 4
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Huang, Neng-Tang Norman; Chiu, Li-Jia; Hong, Jon-Chao – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
The strong humanistic and ethics-oriented philosophy of Confucianism tends to lead people influenced by these principles to undervalue the importance of hands-on practice and creativity in education. GreenMech, a science and technology contest, was implemented to encourage real-world, hands-on problem solving in an attempt to mitigate this effect.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Junior High School Students
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Khishfe, Rola; BouJaoude, Saouma – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Students' attitudes and conceptions seem to be influenced by social/cultural contexts and interactions with other students from diverse backgrounds. Therefore, educators need to study attitudes, conceptions, and career choices in relation to diversity indicators. Such was one focus of the Science Education for Diversity project, which involved…
Descriptors: International Cooperation, Student Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Career Choice
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Hsin, Ming-Chin; Chien, Sung-pei; Hsu, Yin-Shao; Lin, Chen-Yung; Yore, Larry D. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Common core standards, interdisciplinary education, and discipline-specific literacy are common international education reforms. The constructive-interpretative language arts pairs (speaking-listening, writing-reading, representing-viewing) and the communication, construction, and persuasion functions of language are central in these movements.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Questionnaires
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Chung, Yoonsook; Yoo, Jungsook; Kim, Sung-Won; Lee, Hyunju; Zeidler, Dana L. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Communication skills are one of the most important competencies for 21st century global citizens. Our guiding presupposition was that socioscientific issues (SSIs) could be used as an effective pedagogical tool for promoting students' communication skills by increasing peer interactions, stimulating students' reasoning, and in constructing shared…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Science Education, Genetics, Grade 9
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Stein, Hana; Galili, Igal – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
Several researches in physics education have demonstrated the problematic status of teaching the subject of gravitation and weight and students' knowledge of these concepts. This paper presents findings of a study of students' knowledge following instruction within a changed conceptual framework of the weight concept in several 9th grade classes…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education, Physics
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Mun, Kongju; Lee, Hyunju; Kim, Sung-Won; Choi, Kyunghee; Choi, Sung-Youn; Krajcik, Joseph S. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
In this study, we explored the extent to which Australian, Chinese, and Korean middle school students perceived themselves to have scientific literacy as global citizens and attempted to identify differences and/or commonalities in their perceptions. A total of 655 middle school students (8th and 9th grades; 358 girls and 297 boys) from the three…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Comparative Education, Scientific Literacy, Global Approach
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Jen, Tsung-Hau; Lee, Che-Di; Chien, Chin-Lung; Hsu, Ying-Shao; Chen, Kuan-Ming – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
Based on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2007 study and a follow-up national survey, data for 3,901 Taiwanese grade 8 students were analyzed using structural equation modeling to confirm a social-relation-based affection-driven model (SRAM). SRAM hypothesized relationships among students' perceived social relationships in…
Descriptors: Science Education, Junior High School Students, Grade 8, Peer Relationship
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Tsitsipis, Georgios; Stamovlasis, Dimitrios; Papageorgiou, George – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
In this study, the effect of 3 cognitive variables such as logical thinking, field dependence/field independence, and convergent/divergent thinking on some specific students' answers related to the particulate nature of matter was investigated by means of probabilistic models. Besides recording and tabulating the students' responses, a combination…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Logical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Misconceptions
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Lin, Shu-Fen; Chang, Wen-Hua; Cheng, Yeong-Jing – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
The processes of curricula, textbooks and student resources development have been broadly surveyed and studied while teachers' guides have received comparatively little consideration throughout recent reforms in science education. Ideal curriculum materials align instruction with the goals of reform. Well-designed teachers' guides contribute to…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Elementary School Science, Junior High Schools, Textbooks
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Chang, Huey-Por; Chen, Chin-Chang; Guo, Gwo-Jen; Cheng, Yeong-Jin; Lin, Chen-Yung; Jen, Tsung-Hau – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
The objective of this study was to develop an instrument to measure school students' competence in learning science as part of a large research project in Taiwan. The instrument consisted of 29 self-report, Likert-type items divided into 2 scales: Competence in Scientific Inquiry and Competence in Communication. The Competence in Scientific…
Descriptors: High Schools, Leadership Qualities, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries
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Hsu, Pei-Ling; Yang, Wen-Gin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2007
Systemic functional linguistics (SFL) was the foundation for this study that explored the effect of science text and image integration on grade 9 students' reading comprehension. Two texts in Chinese on the moon phase with different print and image integration were compared--a traditional textbook (TT) used in Taiwanese junior high schools and a…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Junior High Schools, Research Design, Textbooks