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Kang, Jingoo; Keinonen, Tuula – Research in Science Education, 2018
Since students have lost their interest in school science, several student-centered approaches, such as using topics that are relevant for students, inquiry-based learning, and discussion-based learning have been implemented to attract pupils into science. However, the effect of these approaches was usually measured in small-scale research, and…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Science Achievement, Active Learning, Inquiry
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Beerenwinkel, Anne; von Arx, Matthias – Research in Science Education, 2017
For the last three decades, moderate constructivism has become an increasingly prominent perspective in science education. Researchers have defined characteristics of constructivist-oriented science classrooms, but the implementation of such science teaching in daily classroom practice seems difficult. Against this background, we conducted a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Student Motivation
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Savinainen, Antti; Mäkynen, Asko; Nieminen, Pasi; Viiri, Jouni – Research in Science Education, 2017
This paper presents a research-based teaching-learning sequence (TLS) that focuses on the notion of interaction in teaching Newton's third law (N3 law) which is, as earlier studies have shown, a challenging topic for students to learn. The TLS made systematic use of a visual representation tool--an interaction diagram (ID)--highlighting…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Physics, Science Education, Secondary School Science