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Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2013
General scientific literacy includes understanding the grounds on which scientific claims are based. The measurements scientists make and the data that they produce from them generally constitute these grounds. However, the nature of data generation has received relatively little attention from those interested in teaching science through inquiry.…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Ethnography, Decision Making Skills, Data
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Hwang, SungWon; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2011
Lectures are often thought of in terms of information transfer: students (do not) "get" or "construct meaning of" what physics professors (lecturers) say and the notes they put on the chalkboard (overhead). But this information transfer view does not explain, for example, why students have a clear sense of understanding while they sit in a lecture…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Physics, Information Transfer, Lecture Method
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Hsu, Pei-Ling; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2010
Science educators often suggest that students should learn science in ways and settings that bear family resemblance with "the real thing." Internship in science laboratories constitutes one such way in which students may learn science and learn about science. However, very little is known about "how" participants experience a…
Descriptors: High Schools, Science Laboratories, Scientists, High School Students
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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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Bowen, G. Michael; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2007
In the past several years a number of authors have suggested that science education could benefit from insights gained by research in the social studies of science that documents and theorises science as it is actually done. There currently exist two gaps in the literature. First, most research in science studies are concerned with the practices…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Research, Scientists, Ecology
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Bowen, G. Michael; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2002
Examines inscriptions in texts usually available to students in high school and undergraduate science courses in course textbooks and journal articles. Reports on the differences existing in the frequency of different types of inscriptions that appear unrelated to the interpretive competencies of the students for whom they are intended. (Contains…
Descriptors: Diagrams, Ecology, Graphic Arts, High Schools
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Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2002
Analyzes the 'publish or perish' enterprise focusing on the origins of editorial power and knowledge. Explores how tenure, promotion, and salary decisions are important elements that accrue power and knowledge for journal editors. (Contains 26 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Educational Change, Evaluative Thinking, Higher Education
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Tobin, Kenneth; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2002
Consists of a metalogue between two authors in which critical issues associated with peer review are identified. Highlights theory and practices that are salient to the continued improvement of science education. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Educational Change, Evaluative Thinking, Higher Education
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Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2000
Argues for the use of autobiography paired with radical doubt as a strategy to arrive at intersubjectivity, thereby avoiding false claims to objectivity and failure-prone inner (hyper) subjectivity. Uses this argument to introduce the contributions to the special thematic journal issue of which this paper is a part. (Contains 24 references.)…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Epistemology, Personal Narratives, Philosophy
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; Lee, Stuart – Research in Science Education, 2000
Describes science educators trying to effect systemic change as actors in a cultural field struggling to change it. Uses a conversational hermeneutic analysis of autobiographical writings to examine some of the salient features of bringing about change in science education. (Contains 35 references.) (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Educational Change, Epistemology, Graduate Students
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; Bowen, Gervase Michael – Research in Science Education, 2000
Illustrates the use of auto- and biographical materials as part of a research process concerned with problematic aspects of learning science. Draws on an extended study of graphing among university students and research scientists, and on the autobiography and interview data from one of the authors to point out some of the sources of difficulties…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Epistemology, Graphs, Higher Education
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Bowen, G. Michael; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 1999
Describes an investigation into the accuracy of high school science students' confidence in their answers on classroom tests, how that accuracy varied between different types of questions, and whether having to judge their confidence in test items resulted in an improvement in accuracy over the school year. Contains 33 references. (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Action Research, Anatomy, Biology, Cognitive Processes
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; McGinn, Michelle K. – Research in Science Education, 1997
Information processing models do not account for much of human competence in everyday scientific and lay contexts. Situated cognition models account better for competence in widely differing situations. In situated cognition models, the purpose of science education must be reconceived as preparing citizens to participate in public enactments of…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Cognitive Development, Cultural Context, Educational Objectives
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Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 1998
Provides a framework for and a guide to the multiple links between the 10 articles in this issue that address science and technology and science education. Argues for creating a more accurate image of science. Contains 30 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Science and Society
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Bowen, G. Michael; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 1998
Microanalyzes graph use in lectures drawn from artifacts compiled from videotaping all lectures and seminars in a 13-week ecology course. Focuses on both the text and the gesture-related references made in the reading of a graph in an ecology lecture. Contains 36 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Data Analysis, Ecology, Graphs
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