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Meyer, Corlia; Guenther, Lars; Joubert, Marina – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: People's perceptions of scientists have repeatedly been investigated using the Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST). The test is used to identify people's (stereotypical) images of scientists, which might affect attitudes towards science and science-related career choices. Purpose: The current study has two goals. (1) Applying the DAST at a…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Portraiture, Scientists, Stereotypes
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Mohd Shahali, Edy Hafizan; Halim, Lilia; Rasul, Mohamad Sattar; Osman, Kamisah; Mohamad Arsad, Nurazidawati – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Previous studies have reported the impact of integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based programmes on students' interest towards STEM, however, only few have tracked the longitudinal impact of such programmes across the years. Purpose: This study examined the long-term impact of the "Bitara-STEM:…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Interests, Middle School Students, Careers
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Wang, Ya-Ling; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Despite the growing body of research on self-efficacy, previous studies have failed to clarify exactly how it is constructed. Meanwhile, the literature indicates that, in Taiwan, junior high school students tend to show lower self-efficacy in learning science compared with elementary and senior high school students. Purpose: This study…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Junior High School Students, Science Instruction, Resilience (Psychology)
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Buckley, Jeffrey; Seery, Niall; Power, Jason; Phelan, Joseph – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Substantial research highlights the differences between scientific and technological knowledge. Considering that learning is heavily focused on the acquisition of knowledge, it is important to examine the individual and systematic implications of these types of knowledge. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the impact on…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Knowledge Level, Scientific and Technical Information, Instructional Effectiveness
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Dyrberg, Nadia Rahbek; Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: The high rates of attrition in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programmes causes concern over a future shortage of graduates entering STEM careers. Students' first year experiences critically affect their motivation and are therefore also critical components of students' academic success in terms of retention,…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Self Determination, STEM Education, Foreign Countries
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Paš, Maja; Vogrinc, Janez; Raspor, Peter; Udovc Kneževic, Nada; Cehovin Zajc, Jožica – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Purpose: One area of science that will increasingly influence our society is biotechnology. An increasing number of modern biotechnological applications have provoked consideration of the ethical and social issues; therefore, it is important that the public is well-informed about them. Formal education in upper-secondary schools should help…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biotechnology, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Verde, Michael F. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Although plant reproduction is a core subject in school science curricula, botanical topics are typically unpopular with students. Integrating the arts into science subject matter has the potential to increase student interest and understanding. Educational theatre has shown particular promise in this area. Purpose: The study examined…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Interdisciplinary Approach, Theater Arts
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Alghamdi, Amani K. H.; Hamed Alanazi, Fayadh – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: This study explored how Saudi Arabian pre-service science teachers' (PST) use of social media (SM) creates scientific dialogue. Design and method: Data were collected via (a) in-depth interviews with eight science PSTs completing their practice teaching during a field experience course (2017 academic year at a Saudi Arabia Eastern…
Descriptors: Social Media, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Hild, Pitt; Gut, Christoph; Brückmann, Maja – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Several different measures have been proposed to solve persistent validity problems, such as high task-sampling variability, in the assessment of students' expertise in 'doing science'. Such measures include working with a-priori progression models, using standardised item shells and rating manuals, augmenting the number of tasks per…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Science Tests, Science Process Skills, Test Validity
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Toma, R. B.; Greca, I. M.; Orozco Gómez, M. L. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: There is a growing interest in investigating attitudes towards science and views of Nature of Science among elementary grade students in terms of gender, cultural backgrounds, and grade level variables. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the attitudes toward science and views of Nature of Science among Spanish students,…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Gender Differences
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Hadjilouca, Rodothea; Constantinou, Costas – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Helping upper elementary and lower secondary school students develop an awareness of various aspects of the nature of science (NOS) and nature of technology (NOT) is a widely recognized goal of science teaching. In this study, we focus on the connections between science and technology (S&T). Purpose: We report on the design,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Foreign Countries, Scientific Principles
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Tirre, Frederike; Kampschulte, Lorenz; Thoma, Gun-Brit; Höffler, Tim; Parchmann, Ilka – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: This article describes the design and the evaluation of a student lab program on the topic of nanoscience and technology (NST), mainly focusing on Nanoscience and its applications. The program was designed for students in grades 8-10 and was part of a larger outreach program of the Collaborative Research Center 'Function by Switching'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Design, Science Laboratories, Intervention
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Cheah, Yin Hong; Chai, Ching Sing; Toh, Yancy – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Professional learning communities are increasingly recognized for their significance in building teachers' competencies for educational reform. However, the knowledge development cycle of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) through multiple professional learning communities is not well researched. Purpose: This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy, Faculty Development
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Iliaki, Georgia; Velentzas, Athanasios; Michailidi, Emily; Stavrou, Dimitris – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Research regarding students' ideas about the nature of sound reveals a variety of conceptions about sound. In order to reconstruct these ideas and explain sound phenomena, researchers' teaching interventions often make use of everyday-life contexts. However existing research on sound only partially addresses the correlation between the…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Musical Instruments
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Schroeder, Meadow; McKeough, Anne; Graham, Susan A.; Norris, Stephen P. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Uncertainty is a crucial element of scientific knowledge growth. Students should have some understanding of how science knowledge is developed and why scientific conclusions are considered more or less certain than others. A component of the nature of science, it is considered an important aspect of science education and allows…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles, Grade 5, Grade 9
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