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Jones, Alister; Buntting, Cathy; Hipkins, Rose; McKim, Anne; Conner, Lindsey; Saunders, Kathy – Research in Science Education, 2012
Futures thinking involves a structured exploration into how society and its physical and cultural environment could be shaped in the future. In science education, an exploration of socio-scientific issues offers significant scope for including such futures thinking. Arguments for doing so include increasing student engagement, developing students'…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Critical Thinking, Cultural Context, Thinking Skills
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Lu, Tan-Ni; Cowie, Bronwen; Jones, Alister – Research in Science Education, 2010
This paper reports Grade 12 students' biology learning during interactive teaching classes in 2001 in Taiwan. The researcher as teacher, working within an interpretive framework, set out to improve her senior high school student biology teaching and learning. An intervention based on a social constructivist view of learning was designed,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), High Schools, Intervention, Biology
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Harlow, Ann; Jones, Alister – Research in Science Education, 2004
The purpose of this study was to explore how Year 8 students answered Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) questions and whether the test questions represented the scientific understanding of these students. One hundred and seventy-seven students were tested using written test questions taken from the science test used in the…
Descriptors: Science Tests, Test Items, Grade 8, Scientific Concepts
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Jones, Alister – Research in Science Education, 2001
Sets the stage for a theme issue on developing research in technology education. Discusses past reviews of research focusing on the purposes of technology education, the nature of technology, and assessment in technology education. (Contains 38 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Higher Education, Science and Society, Secondary Education
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Moreland, Judy; Jones, Alister; Northover, Ann – Research in Science Education, 2001
Reports on a two-year classroom investigation of primary school technology education. Explores emerging classroom practices in technology and intervention strategies developed to enhance teaching. (Contains 29 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Education, Intervention, Professional Development