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Shin, Namsoo; Choi, Sung-Youn; Stevens, Shawn Y.; Krajcik, Joseph S. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
A coherent curriculum that clearly defines sets of ideas that build upon one another to meet desired learning goals can successfully support the development of meaningful understanding across time. This study explores the influence of a coherent curriculum as a systematic approach to aligning and sequencing specific ideas to support students in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials, Student Attitudes
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Jin, Hui; Shin, Hyo Jeong; Hokayem, Hayat; Qureshi, Farah; Jenkins, Thomas – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study describes how we developed a learning progression (LP) for systems thinking in ecosystems and collected preliminary validity evidence for the LP. In particular, the LP focuses on how middle and high school students use discipline-specific systems thinking concepts (e.g. feedback loops and energy pyramid) to analyze and explain the…
Descriptors: Ecology, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Item Response Theory
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Gómez, David Maximiliano; Dartnell, Pablo – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The present study uses a short, computerized task to investigate individual differences among middle school students in terms of the intuitions and strategies that they use to compare fractions. To tap into their intuitions about fractions, students were presented with pairs of fractions on the screen for a limited time of 10 s. Fraction pairs to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Fractions, Mathematics Instruction
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Tesfamariam, Gebrekidan Mebrahtu; Lykknes, Annette; Kvittingen, Lise – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
In theory, practical work is an established part of university-level chemistry courses. However, mainly due to budget constraints, large class size, time constraints and inadequate teacher preparations, practical activities are frequently left out from chemistry classroom instruction in most developing countries. Small-scale chemistry (SSC)…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, Control Groups
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Leavy, Aisling; Hourigan, Mairead; Carroll, Claire – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This study reports entry-level mathematics attitudes of pre-service primary teachers entering an initial teacher education (ITE) program one decade apart. Attitudes of 360 pre-service primary teachers were compared to 419 pre-service teachers entering the same college of education almost one decade later. The latter experienced reform school…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Teachers
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Chen, Sufen; Huang, Chih-Chi; Chou, Te-Lien – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
This study explored the influence of experimental goal setting and planning on the attitudes toward science, self-efficacy, inquiry performance, and achievement of students with low academic performance. A total of 71 students aged 16-18 were randomly divided into a treatment group (with goal setting and planning) and a control group (without goal…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Low Achievement, Self Efficacy, Goal Orientation
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Theyßen, Heike; Struzyna, Sarah; Mylott, Elliot; Widenhorn, Ralf – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
In this paper, we present the design and the results of a comparative study that evaluated the success of a transfer of an online-teaching resource between two universities, one in Germany and one in the USA. The teaching resource is an online physics lab that has been used in the physics education of medical students in Germany since 2003. The…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Comparative Analysis, Online Courses
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Jin, Hui; Hokayem, Hayat; Wang, Sasha; Wei, Xin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
As China and the United States become the top two carbon emitters in the world, it is crucial for citizens in both countries to construct a sophisticated understanding of energy consumption issues. This interview study examines how U.S. and Chinese students compare in explaining and arguing about two critical energy consumption issues: burning…
Descriptors: Biology, Interviews, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences
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Schoerning, Emily – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
This study examined the effect of the translation of traditional scientific vocabulary into plain English on student achievement in college science instruction. The study took place in the context of an introductory microbiology course. Data were collected from course sections instructed with traditional microbiology vocabulary as well as sections…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Vocabulary, Language Usage, Science Achievement
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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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DeWitt, Jennifer; Archer, Louise; Osborne, Jonathan; Dillon, Justin; Willis, Beatrice; Wong, Billy – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
Students' interest in studying science and their aspirations to pursue science-related careers is a topic of global concern. In this paper, a set of data gathered for the initial phase of the 5-year study of Science Aspirations and Careers: Age 10-14 (the ASPIRES project) is presented. In the initial phase of this project, a questionnaire…
Descriptors: Careers, Student Attitudes, Measures (Individuals), White Students
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Smith, Emma; Cooke, Sandra – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
The recruitment and training of scientists is an area of international concern. Much of the research and policy focus around this issue in the UK has been on how science is taught in schools and in particular on the structure of the school science curriculum. Much less attention has been devoted to the undergraduate student experience and the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Comparative Analysis, Sciences, Student Experience
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Cakmakci, Gultekin; Tosun, Ozge; Turgut, Sebnem; Orenler, Sefika; Sengul, Kubra; Top, Gokce – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
This study aims at investigating the effects of a teaching intervention, the design of which is informed by evidence from educational theories and research data, on students' images of scientists. A quasi-experimental design with a non-equivalent pre-test-post-test control group (CG) was used to compare the outcomes of the intervention. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Evidence, Intervention, Educational Theories
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Rahayu, Sri; Chandrasegaran, A. L.; Treagust, David F.; Kita, Masakazu; Ibnu, Suhadi – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
This study was a mixed quantitative-qualitative research to evaluate the efficacy of a designed student-centred instructional (DSCI) program for teaching about acids and bases. The teaching innovation was designed based on constructivist, hands-on inquiry and context-based approaches and implemented in seven 45-min lessons with a class of 36 grade…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Experimental Groups, High Schools, Qualitative Research
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Chhokar, Kiran; Dua, Shweta; Taylor, Neil; Boyes, Edward; Stanisstreet, Martin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
A 44-item survey instrument was designed to determine secondary students' views about how useful various specific actions related to reducing global warming might be, their willingness to undertake these various actions and the extent to which these 2 might be linked. The instrument was administered to students in grades 6-10 (n = 768) from 4…
Descriptors: Indians, Student Attitudes, Language of Instruction, Foreign Countries
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