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Beerenwinkel, Anne; Parchmann, Ilka; Grasel, Cornelia – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
This study explores the effect of a conceptual change text on students' awareness of common misconceptions on the particle model of matter. The conceptual change text was designed based on principles of text comprehensibility, of conceptual change instruction and of instructional approaches how to introduce the particle model. It was evaluated in…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Misconceptions, Item Response Theory, Teaching Methods
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Klieger, Aviva; Bar-Yossef, Nurit – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
Professional development (PD) of teachers comprises a major challenge in many countries. The empirical relations between teaching-learning processes and student achievements occupy educators who construct teachers' in-service training programs. Student achievements serve as a measure for testing improvements in learning. Many investigators view…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Learning Processes, Science Teachers, Professional Development
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Everett, Susan A.; Otto, Charlotte A.; Luera, Gail R. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
We used four different methods to determine the best means of assessing over 200 preservice elementary teachers' growth in knowledge of models and their use in K-8 classrooms while participating in the Science Capstone course that focused on the unifying themes of models in science. Each assessment method probed a different aspect of models (from…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Preservice Teachers, Student Evaluation, Prior Learning
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Madsen, Lene Moller; Winslow, Carl – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
We examine the relationship between research and teaching practices as they are enacted by university professors in a research-intensive university. First we propose a theoretical model for the study of this relationship based on Chevallard's anthropological theory. This model is used to design and analyze an interview study with physical…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Anthropology, Physical Geography, Teaching Methods