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Tseng, Chung-Hsien; Tuan, Hsiao-Lin; Chin, Chi-Chin – Research in Science Education, 2013
This study has two purposes: the first is to explore experienced science teachers' perspectives on inquiry teaching, and the second is to categorize these perspectives into patterns. Fifteen junior high school science teachers experienced at inquiry teaching were selected, and a semi-structured interview was conducted to collect the teachers'…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Campbell, Alison; Otrel-Cass, Kathrin – Research in Science Education, 2011
New Zealand has had a national school science curriculum for more than 80 years. In the past the evolution content of this document has varied, and has at times been strongly influenced by creationist lobby groups. The "new" science curriculum, to be fully implemented in 2010, places much greater emphasis than before on understanding…
Descriptors: Evolution, Curriculum Development, International Schools, Scientific Principles
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Hubber, Peter; Tytler, Russell; Haslam, Filocha – Research in Science Education, 2010
A large body of research in the conceptual change tradition has shown the difficulty of learning fundamental science concepts, yet conceptual change schemes have failed to convincingly demonstrate improvements in supporting significant student learning. Recent work in cognitive science has challenged this purely conceptual view of learning,…
Descriptors: Language Role, Cognitive Psychology, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Hogstrom, Per; Ottander, Christina; Benckert, Sylvia – Research in Science Education, 2010
Laboratory work is considered essential in promoting students' learning of science and of scientific inquiry. What the students perceive as important to learn from a regular laboratory exercise is probably affected by the teacher's objectives. We study the extent to which one teacher's objectives are fulfilled during lab work, and how…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Interaction
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Braund, Martin; Campbell, Bob – Research in Science Education, 2010
A collaborative curriculum development project was set up to address the lack of good examples of teaching about ideas and evidence and the nature of science encountered by student teachers training to teach in the age range 11-16 in schools in England. Student and teacher-mentor pairs devised, taught and evaluated novel lessons and approaches.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Student Teachers, Scientific Principles, Change Agents
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Devetak, Iztok; Vogrinc, Janez; Glazar, Sasa Aleksij – Research in Science Education, 2009
Submicrorepresentations (SMR) could be an important element, not only for explaining the experimental observations to students, but also in the process of evaluating students' knowledge and identifying their chemical misconceptions. This study investigated the level of students' understanding of the solution concentration and the process of…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Chemistry, Misconceptions, Secondary School Students
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Donnelly, Lisa A.; Kazempour, Mahsa; Amirshokoohi, Aidin – Research in Science Education, 2009
Evolution is an important and sometimes controversial component of high school biology. In this study, we used a mixed methods approach to explore students' evolution acceptance and views of evolution teaching and learning. Students explained their acceptance and rejection of evolution in terms of evidence and conflicts with religion and…
Descriptors: Evolution, Student Attitudes, Biology, Learning Experience
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Gelbart, Hadas; Brill, Gilat; Yarden, Anat – Research in Science Education, 2009
Providing learners with opportunities to engage in activities similar to those carried out by scientists was addressed in a web-based research simulation in genetics developed for high school biology students. The research simulation enables learners to apply their genetics knowledge while giving them an opportunity to participate in an authentic…
Descriptors: Genetics, Biology, Internet, Scientists
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Hsu, Pei-Ling; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2009
Most academic science educators encourage teachers to provide their students with access to more authentic science activities. What can and do teachers say to increase students' interests in participating in opportunities to do real science? What are the discursive "resources" they draw on to introduce authentic science to students? The purpose of…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Student Interests, Discourse Analysis, Biology
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Uzuntiryaki, Esen; Aydin, Yesim Capa – Research in Science Education, 2009
This study described the process of developing and validating the College Chemistry Self-Efficacy Scale (CCSS) that can be used to assess college students' beliefs in their ability to perform essential tasks in chemistry. In the first phase, data collected from 363 college students provided evidence for the validity and reliability of the new…
Descriptors: College Students, Self Efficacy, Chemistry, Measures (Individuals)
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Gioka, Olga – Research in Science Education, 2009
The aim of the reported study was to explore how science teachers made sense of their roles and responsibilities in teaching and assessing science coursework. The focus was on the teacher assessment, the feedback that teachers gave to students and, how they perceived their role when they taught and assessed students' science coursework reports.…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Formative Evaluation, Educational Change, Public Policy
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Ma, Hongming – Research in Science Education, 2009
The findings reported in this paper report on an investigation of Chinese people's understanding of the nature of science in relation to their conceptualisations of Nature. As an exploratory and interpretive study, it uses semi-structured interviews with 25 Chinese secondary school science teachers. The paper first presents these teachers'…
Descriptors: Interviews, Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Berry, Amanda; Loughran, John; Smith, Kathy; Lindsay, Simon – Research in Science Education, 2009
This paper reports research from a three-year Australian science teacher professional learning project, the Science Teaching and Learning (STaL) Project, in which groups of science teacher participants (across years K-12) worked with academics over a one-year period as teacher researchers. Through reflecting on their experiences within the STaL…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Science Teachers, Teacher Researchers, Professional Development
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Gunstone, Richard; Mulhall, Pamela; McKittrick, Brian – Research in Science Education, 2009
As part of a project concerned with developing a better understanding of the detail of appropriate teaching of direct current (DC) electricity concepts, extensive individual interviews were conducted with a number of experienced senior high school physics teachers. These interviews explored teachers' perceptions of difficulties in student learning…
Descriptors: High Schools, Physics, Teacher Attitudes, Science Teachers
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Kaya, Osman Nafiz; Yager, Robert; Dogan, Alev – Research in Science Education, 2009
This research focuses on use of a triadic teaching approach in a science-technology-society (STS) course designed for future science teachers for middle schools in Turkey. Forty-three pre-service science teachers were enrolled in a semester-long course organized around issues students identified and used throughout the semester. The triadic…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science and Society, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers
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