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García-Carmona, Antonio; Criado, Ana M.; Cruz-Guzmán, Marta – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
A diagnostic study is presented of the prior experiences, conceptions, and pedagogical valuations of prospective primary teachers (PPTs) about experimental activities (ExA's) in science education. The participants were 121 PPTs who, in small teams, responded to various questions related to ExA. Their responses were analysed interpretively with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Science Education, Science Experiments
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Wong, Ngai-Ying; Lam, Chi-Chung; Sun, XuHua; Chan, Anna Mei Yan – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
The spiral bianshi curriculum, an improvement on bianshi teaching developed by Gu (2000) and in line with Marton's theory of variation (Marton & Booth, 1997), was tried out in a primary school in Hong Kong. This improved theoretical framework for the spiral bianshi curriculum comprises four types of bianshi problems--the inductive bianshi, the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Research Design, Student Attitudes, Textbooks
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Martin-Dunlop, Catherine; Fraser, Barry J. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
This study assessed the effectiveness of an innovative science course for improving prospective elementary teachers' perceptions of laboratory learning environments and attitudes towards science. The sample consisted of 27 classes with 525 female students in a large urban university. Changing students' ideas about science laboratory teaching and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation, Preservice Teachers