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Moodley, Kimera; Gaigher, Estelle – Research in Science Education, 2019
An exploratory case study involving six grade 9 science teachers was undertaken to probe how teachers' understanding of learners' misconceptions relate to their perceptions about teaching simple circuits. The participants' understanding of documented misconceptions in electricity were explored by means of a questionnaire, while their perceptions…
Descriptors: Electronics, Equipment, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Ferreira, Annalize; Lemmer, Miriam; Gunstone, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2019
While a vast body of research has identified difficulties in students' understanding about forces and acceleration and their related alternative conceptions, far less research suggests ways to use students' alternative conceptions to enhance conceptual understanding of a specific fundamental concept. This study focused on distinguishing between…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Fundamental Concepts
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Guo, Jian-Peng; Yang, Ling-Yan; Ding, Yi – Research in Science Education, 2019
Researchers have consistently demonstrated that studying multiple examples is more effective than studying one example because comparing multiple examples can promote schema construction and facilitate discernment of critical aspects. Teachers, however, are usually absent from those self-led text-based studies. In this experimental study, a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Physics, Science Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness
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Opitz, S. T.; Neumann, K.; Bernholt, S.; Harms, U. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Energy is considered both as a disciplinary core idea and as a concept cutting across science disciplines. Most previous approaches studied progressing energy understanding in specific disciplinary contexts, while disregarding the relation of understanding across them. Hence, this study provides a systematic analysis of cross-disciplinary energy…
Descriptors: Energy, Scientific Concepts, Biology, Chemistry
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Joglar, C.; Rojas, S. P. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Studies have investigated various aspects of the use of questions in science lessons, but there is still a lack of research that demonstrates how, during peer reflection, teachers learn through identifying and overcoming obstacles to their own questioning in their professional development process. The present study is aimed at analyzing the types…
Descriptors: Barriers, Teacher Workshops, Chemistry, Physics
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Corpuz, Edgar De Guzman; Rebello, N. Sanjay – Research in Science Education, 2019
The first phase of this multiphase study involves modeling of college students' thinking of friction at the microscopic level. Diagnostic interviews were conducted with 11 students with different levels of physics backgrounds. A phenomenographic approach of data analysis was used to generate categories of responses which subsequently were used to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, College Students, Physics
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Sheldrake, Richard; Mujtaba, Tamjid; Reiss, Michael J. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Many countries desire more students to study science subjects, although relatively few students decide to study non-compulsory physics at upper-secondary school and at university. To gain insight into students' intentions to study non-compulsory physics, a longitudinal sample (covering 2258 students across 88 secondary schools in England) was…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Intention, Physics, Secondary School Students
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Lehtinen, Antti; Lehesvuori, Sami; Viiri, Jouni – Research in Science Education, 2019
Recent research has argued that inquiry-based science learning should be guided by providing the learners with support. The research on guidance for inquiry-based learning has concentrated on how providing guidance affects learning through inquiry. How guidance for inquiry-based learning could promote learning about inquiry (e.g. epistemic…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication
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Gregorcic, Bor; Etkina, Eugenia; Planinsic, Gorazd – Research in Science Education, 2018
In recent decades, the interactive whiteboard (IWB) has become a relatively common educational tool in Western schools. The IWB is essentially a large touch screen, that enables the user to interact with digital content in ways that are not possible with an ordinary computer-projector-canvas setup. However, the unique possibilities of IWBs are…
Descriptors: Bulletin Boards, Interactive Video, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Bächtold, Manuel – Research in Science Education, 2018
The question of how to teach energy has been renewed by recent studies focusing on the learning and teaching progressions for this concept. In this context, one question has been, for the most part, overlooked: how should energy be defined throughout schooling? This paper addresses this question in three steps. We first identify and discuss two…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Definitions
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Milbourne, Jeff; Wiebe, Eric – Research in Science Education, 2018
While Physics Education Research has a rich tradition of problem-solving scholarship, most of the work has focused on more traditional, well-defined problems. Less work has been done with ill-structured problems, problems that are better aligned with the engineering and design-based scenarios promoted by the Next Generation Science Standards. This…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, High School Students, Physics, Science Instruction
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Caleon, Imelda S.; Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle; Cho, Young Hoan – Research in Science Education, 2018
This study utilized multiple data sources to examine the beliefs about learning and teaching physics and the instructional practices of five beginning teachers and seven experienced teachers from Singapore. Our study was implemented in the unique context of teachers teaching the topic of electricity to students grouped according to academic…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Educational Practices
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Criswell, Brett A.; Rushton, Gregory T.; McDonald, Scott P.; Gul, Tugce – Research in Science Education, 2018
This paper describes a professional development model for developing science teacher leaders that has evolved and been refined through working with 16 high school chemistry and physics teachers in high-needs schools over the past 3 years. The theoretical framework draws upon Goodwin's notion of professional vision and Dempsey's four metaphors to…
Descriptors: Models, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers
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Rappa, Natasha Anne; Tang, Kok-Sing – Research in Science Education, 2017
Agency is a construct facilitating our examination of when and how young people extend their own learning across contexts. However, little is known about the role played by adolescent learners' sense of agency. This paper reports two cases of students' agentively employing and developing science literacy practices--one in Singapore and the other…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Adolescents, Scientific Literacy, Foreign Countries
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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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