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Schüler-Meyer, Alexander; Prediger, Susanne; Kuzu, Taha; Wessel, Lena; Redder, Angelika – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
To what degree can multilingual students profit from bilingual teaching approaches, even when they lack experience in the academic or technical register in their home languages? This study explores this research question in a mixed methods design for a German/Turkish bilingual intervention aimed at fostering conceptual understanding of fractions…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Teaching Methods, Multilingualism, German
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Mason, Lucia; Zaccoletti, Sonia; Carretti, Barbara; Scrimin, Sara; Diakidoy, Irene-Anna N. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Text is the primary tool to learn disciplinary knowledge in school. Text-based learning is shaped by a complex interplay between the text and reader characteristics. This study examined the role of text structure and inhibition in conceptual learning about energy. Inhibition implies the ability to block dominant but inappropriate responses…
Descriptors: Inhibition, Energy, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Jones, Steven R. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The calculus concepts of concavity and inflection points are critical for a complete understanding of quantities' behavior, making them important topics of research for those interested in the intersections of STEM disciplines. This study seeks to provide insight into this area by reporting on trends in students' concept projections of these…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, STEM Education, Concept Formation
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Kang, Rui; Liu, Di – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
This article describes a study of how Chinese preservice teachers unpacked a learning goal pertaining to adding fractions and understanding the concepts underlying the operation. Based on work in the USA by Morris, Hiebert, and Spizter ("Journal for Research in Mathematics Education," 40(5), 491-529, 2009), 50 Chinese preservice teachers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Fractions, Addition
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Gómezescobar, Ariadna; Fernández-Cézar, Raquel; Guerrero, Silvia – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
The present work shows how 4-6-year-old Spanish children interpret numbers and space intervals in the ruler when measuring length. To determine it, 4 ad hoc rulers are designed and used with a sample of 103 children from two schools of Toledo province (Spain). The sample is characterized respecting conservation and measurement with the standard…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Numbers, Mathematical Concepts
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Lingefjärd, Thomas; Farahani, Djamshid – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
In understanding upper secondary school students' interpretations of information in graphical representations of a distance--time graph and an ECG graph, little attention has been paid to the analysis of the condition of the conceptual development related to their utterances. Understanding this better can help improve the teaching of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Graphs
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Kiryak, Zeynep; Çalik, Muammer – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of the Common Knowledge Construction Model (CKCM) lesson sequence on grade 7 students' conceptual understanding of the "water pollution" topic. Within a pre-experimental (one group pre-test/post-test) research design, this study was conducted with 25 (12 females and 13 males) grade 7…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Concept Formation, Water Pollution, Secondary School Students
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Herman, Benjamin C.; Feldman, Allan; Vernaza-Hernandez, Vanessa – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Misconceptions about climate change science are pervasive among the US public. This study investigated the possibility that these misconceptions may be reflective of science teachers' knowledge and teaching of climate change science. Florida and Puerto Rico secondary science teachers who claim to teach extensively about climate change were…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Decision Making, Climate
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Barahmand, Ali – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
In this article, attempts were made to examine students' thinking about the concepts of infinity and their ideas about transiting from finite to infinite states through the concept of limits of sequences. The participants included 78 senior high-school students ranging in age between 17 and 19 years old. The data were collected through a…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, High School Students, Questionnaires
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Adu-Gyamfi, Kwaku; Bossé, Michael J.; Chandler, Kayla – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
When establishing connections among representations of associated mathematical concepts, students encounter different difficulties and successes along the way. The purpose of this study was to uncover information about and gain greater insight into how student processes connections. Pre-calculus students were observed and interviewed while…
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts, Algebra, Graphs
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Panaoura, Areti; Michael-Chrysanthou, Paraskevi; Gagatsis, Athanasios; Elia, Iliada; Philippou, Andreas – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This article focuses on exploring students' understanding of the concept of function concerning three main aspects: secondary students' ability to (1) define the concept of function and present examples of functions, (2) solve tasks which asked them to recognize and interpret the concept of function presented in different forms of representation,…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation
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Huang, Hsin-Mei E. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This study examined the effectiveness of 3 curriculum interventions focused on strengthening children's ability to solve area measurement problems and explored the instructional perspectives of the instructor who implemented the interventions. The interventions involved various degrees of emphasis on area measurement and knowledge of 2-dimensional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum, Program Effectiveness, Intervention
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Osman, Enja; BouJaoude, Saouma; Hamdan, Hiba – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Lebanese educators claim that middle and secondary school students exhibit poor understanding of genetics due to misconceptions and difficulties that hinder progression in conceptual understanding of major genetics concepts and phenomena across different grade levels. They attributed these problems to Lebanon's ill-structured genetics curriculum…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Misconceptions, Secondary School Students
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Nicolaou, Aristoklis A.; Pitta-Pantazi, Demetra – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
This article examines whether the 7 abilities found in a previous study carried out by the authors to constitute fraction understanding of sixth grade elementary school students determine hierarchical levels of fraction understanding. The 7 abilities were as follows: (a) fraction recognition, (b) definitions and mathematical explanations for…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Fractions
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Franco-Mariscal, Antonio-Joaquín; Oliva-Martínez, José María; Almoraima Gil, M. L. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
The work reported here involved a comparative study regarding the understanding that high school students (16-18 years) have of the concept of chemical elements and their periodic classification. More specifically, the level of knowledge on this topic was compared before and after the completion of baccalaureate studies in a sample of Spanish…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Questionnaires, History
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