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Wang, Jing-Ru; Wang, Yuh-Chao; Tai, Hsin-Jung; Chen, Wen-Ju – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
This study examined the differential impacts of an inquiry-based instruction on conceptual changes across levels of prior knowledge and reading ability. The instrument emphasized four simultaneously important components: conceptual knowledge, reading ability, attitude toward science, and learning environment. Although the learning patterns and…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Scientific Concepts, Reading Ability, Language Proficiency
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Wang, Jing-Ru; Lin, Sheau-Wen – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
This study has resulted in an elementary science methods course that facilitates the identification and description of the changes in students' conceptions and understanding of inquiry teaching, and the cultural influences, reflections, and situational factors influencing these changes. Written responses to open-ended questions, reflective…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Cultural Influences
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Wang, Jing-Ru – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2004
This article provides a model for the professional development of elementary science teachers. The model focused on integrating different domains of knowledge into science teaching, including the knowledge of the science curriculum, especially scientific inquiry, teacher's knowledge, and students' knowledge. The two case studies in this article…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Socialization, Science Teachers, Social Environment