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Becker, Sandra; Jacobsen, Michele – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Makerspaces provide a viable option for constructing and sharing knowledge in schools. Inherent in the designing, tinkering, and playing that learners engage in through making are competencies, such as the ability to create, problem solve, and innovate, decreed as critical by education policymakers. This paper summarizes results from a study in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 6
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Wang, Zhaoyun; McDougall, Douglas – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study examined and compared the intended mathematics curricula according to topic coverage, focus, coherence, and learning progression in grades 1-12 within China and the province of Ontario, Canada. The findings show that the overall topics in the two curricula are similar: Chinese curriculum covers 78 topicsĀ out of 79 while the Ontario…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Elementary School Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics, Foreign Countries
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Vale, Colleen; Widjaja, Wanty; Herbert, Sandra; Bragg, Leicha A.; Loong, Esther Yoon-Kin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Explaining appears to dominate primary teachers' understanding of mathematical reasoning when it is not confused with problem solving. Drawing on previous literature of mathematical reasoning, we generate a view of the critical aspects of reasoning that may assist primary teachers when designing and enacting tasks to elicit and develop…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Jao, Limin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
For pre-service teachers (PSTs) who have been exposed to traditional approaches, teacher education courses can be a revelatory experience in their development as educators. This study explores if Canadian upper elementary/lower secondary (grades 4-10) PSTs change their beliefs about mathematics teaching as a result of taking a mathematics methods…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Student Attitudes
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Fazio, Xavier; Gallagher, Tiffany L. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
The science vocabulary from a science curriculum standards document (Ministry of Education Ontario, 2007) was classified by morphological developmental level and compared to the grade level topics of the curriculum (grades 1 to 8). Descriptive statistical analyses highlight the complex nature of science vocabulary and the incompatibilities between…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Elementary School Science, Morphology (Languages), Academic Standards
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Lin, Emily; Shi, Qingmin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
Questions remain about how to best prepare students to be environmentally literate. Although Canada and U.S. share similarities in education systems, diversity in student population, and historical roots in formalizing environmental education, Canada is one of the top performing countries in international science assessments while U.S. matches…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Institutional Characteristics, Achievement Tests, Secondary School Students
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Areepattamannil, Shaljan; Kaur, Berinderjeet – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
This study, employing hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), sought to investigate the student-level and school-level factors associated with the science achievement of immigrant and non-immigrant students among a national sample of 22,646 students from 896 schools in Canada. While student background characteristics such as home language, family…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Immigrants, Foreign Countries, Predictor Variables
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Areepattamannil, Shaljan – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
This study, drawing on data from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2007, examined the predictive effects of multiple dimensions of mathematics and science self-concept--positive affect toward mathematics and science and self-perceived competence in mathematics and science--on mathematics and science achievement among 1,752…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries, Immigrants
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Dionne, Liliane; Reis, Giuliano; Trudel, Louis; Guillet, Gabriel; Kleine, Leonard; Hancianu, Corina – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
Science fairs have been for many years a popular school activity in North America. They are a venue for the popularization of science and consequently an important encouragement for the pursuit of careers in science or engineering. However, little is known about students' perceived motives for participating in local or national science fairs and…
Descriptors: Careers, Self Efficacy, Science Interests, Motivation
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Voyer, Dominic – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
Many factors influence a student's performance in word (or textbook) problem solving in class. Among them is the comprehension process the pupils construct during their attempt to solve the problem. The comprehension process may include some less formal representations, based on pupils' real-world knowledge, which support the construction of a…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Grade 6