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Forbes, Anne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2019
"MyScience" is a primary science education initiative in which being in a community of practice (CoP) is integral to the learning process. Stakeholder groups--primary teachers, primary students and scientist mentors--interact around the CoP "domain" of investigating scientifically and learn from each other "through…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Student Attitudes
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Skamp, Keith; Boyes, Eddie; Stanisstreet, Martin; Rodriguez, Manuel; Malandrakis, Georgios; Fortner, Rosanne; Kilinc, Ahmet; Taylor, Neil; Chhokar, Kiran; Dua, Shweta; Ambusaidi, Abdullah; Cheong, Irene; Kim, Mijung; Yoon, Hye-Gyoung – Research in Science Education, 2019
Renewable and nuclear energy are two plausible alternatives to fossil fuel-based energy production. This study reports students' beliefs about the usefulness of these two options in reducing global warming and their willingness to undertake actions that would encourage their uptake. Using a specially designed questionnaire, students'…
Descriptors: Nuclear Energy, Energy Conservation, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes
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Forbes, Anne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2016
"MyScience" is a primary science education initiative in which being in a community of practice is integral to the learning process. In this initiative, stakeholder groups--primary teachers, primary students and mentors--interact around the "domain" of "investigating scientifically". This paper builds on three earlier…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Participation, Student Participation, Communities of Practice
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Forbes, Anne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2014
"MyScience" is a primary science education initiative in which being in a community of practice is integral to the learning process. This paper describes the ongoing journey to date of eight primary teachers from three primary schools who actively participated in "MyScience" over an extended period. Their views of interactions…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Forbes, Anne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2013
"MyScience" is a primary science education initiative in which being in a community of practice is integral to the learning process. One component of this initiative involves professional scientists interacting with primary school communities which are navigating their way towards sustainable "communities of practice" around the "domain" of…
Descriptors: Scientists, Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science
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Boyes, Edward; Skamp, Keith; Stanisstreet, Martin – Research in Science Education, 2009
A 44-item questionnaire was constructed to determine secondary students' views about how useful various specific actions might be at reducing global warming, their willingness to undertake the various actions, and the extent to which these two might be linked. Responses (n = 500) were obtained from students in years 7 to 10 in three schools in…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Environmental Education, Nuclear Energy, Foreign Countries
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Logan, Marianne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2008
Most studies indicate primary students' attitudes towards and interest in science decline as they progress into the secondary years. Longitudinal qualitative research exploring this phenomenon is rare as is research which focuses on the students' voice as they cross the interface. In this study multiple qualitative data sources, supported by a…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Student Attitudes, Science Interests, Student Interests
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Skamp, Keith; Boyes, Eddie; Stanisstreet, Martin – Research in Science Education, 2004
The results of a large scale (N=1001) cross-sectional (Years 6, 8 and 10) study of students' ideas about the composition of unpolluted air, the nature of air pollution, the biological consequences of air pollution, and about acid rain and the Greenhouse Effect are reported. A range of persistent alternative conceptions were identified, in some…
Descriptors: Pollution, Student Attitudes, Environmental Education, Climate
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Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 1995
Describes the conceptions of (n=8) preservice teachers about how they would recognize a "good" teacher of elementary science and the people and experiences they believed influenced the formation of these views. (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Education Majors, Elementary Education, Higher Education
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Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 1997
There is movement in Australia towards requiring an initial degree for entry into teacher education programs in hopes of improving science teaching in primary schools. Upon entry into preservice education degree programs, Australian and Canadian student teachers were interviewed to determine whether first degrees influenced perceptions about…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching