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Narjaikaew, Pattawan; Emarat, Narumon; Arayathanitkul, Kwan; Cowie, Bronwen – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
The study investigated the impact on student motivation and understanding of magnetism of teaching sequences based on an inductive approach. The study was conducted in large lecture classes. A pre- and post-Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism was conducted with just fewer than 700 Thai undergraduate science students, before and after…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, Magnets, Science Instruction
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Hong, Miyoung; Kang, Nam-Hwa – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
This study examined science teachers' conceptions of creativity in science education, pedagogical ideas, and contextual factors perceived as constraints on teaching for creativity and any differences in the conceptions of teachers from South Korea and the United States. Participants in the study consisted of 44 South Korean and 21 US secondary…
Descriptors: Creativity, Class Size, High Stakes Tests, Foreign Countries
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Cheung, Derek; Ma, Hong-jia; Yang, Jie – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
The importance of research on misconceptions about chemical equilibrium is well recognized by educators, but in the past, researchers' interest has centered on student misconceptions and has neglected teacher misconceptions. Focusing on the effects of adding more reactants or products on chemical equilibrium, this article discusses the various…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers
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Wilhelm, Jennifer Anne; Smith, Walter S.; Walters, Kendra L.; Sherrod, Sonya E.; Mulholland, Judith – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
Pre-service teachers from Texas and Indiana in the United States and from Queensland, Australia, observed the Moon for a semester and compared and contrasted their findings in asynchronous Internet discussion groups. The 188 pre-service teachers were required to conduct inquiry investigations for their methods coursework which included an initial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Discussion Groups, Internet
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Cheung, Derek – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
Science teachers generally find inquiry-based laboratory work very difficult to manage. This research project aimed at facilitating chemistry teachers to implement inquiry-based laboratory work in Hong Kong secondary schools. The major concerns of seven chemistry teachers were identified. They were most concerned about the lack of class time,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Inquiry, Science Laboratories, Instructional Materials
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Liu, Chia-Ju; Jack, Brady Michael; Chiu, Houn-Lin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
This paper presents the results of a case study involving 282 Taiwanese elementary science teachers at the elementary level. These teachers provided responses to the science efficacy instrument (STEBI-A) and also provided personal data regarding how their years of general (YTE) and science (YTS) teaching experience may have influenced student…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Multivariate Analysis
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Githua, Bernard N.; Nyabwa, Rachel Angela – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
Students have continued to perform poorly in KCSE examinations in certain mathematics topics taught in secondary schools in Kenya. One such topic is commercial arithmetic. Successful teaching of mathematics depends partly on correct use of teaching methods in classroom settings. This study sought to examine how the use of advance organisers during…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Secondary School Students, Mathematics Achievement
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Chin, Chi-Chin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2004
In this study, the researcher included an extensive science museum experience for the pre-service secondary science teachers within a "teaching methods course" to enhance their learning to teach science. The extensive museum experience covered four aspects: the visit, discussion with museum educators, the development of lesson plans, and…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Education Curriculum, Museums, Diaries