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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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Blown, Eric J.; Bryce, Tom G. K. – Research in Science Education, 2017
The research reported here investigated the everyday and scientific repertoires of children involved in semi-structured, Piagetian interviews carried out to check their understanding of dynamic astronomical concepts like daytime and night-time. It focused on the switching taking place between embedded and disembedded thinking; on the imagery which…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Semi Structured Interviews
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Fortus, David; Shwartz, Yael; Rosenfeld, Sherman – Research in Science Education, 2016
Modeling is a core scientific practice. This study probed the meta-modeling knowledge (MMK) of high school students who study science but had not had any explicit prior exposure to modeling as part of their formal schooling. Our goals were to (A) evaluate the degree to which MMK is dependent on content knowledge and (B) assess whether the upper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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van Griethuijsen, Ralf A. L. F.; van Eijck, Michiel W.; Haste, Helen; den Brok, Perry J.; Skinner, Nigel C.; Mansour, Nasser; Savran Gencer, Ayse; BouJaoude, Saouma – Research in Science Education, 2015
International studies have shown that interest in science and technology among primary and secondary school students in Western European countries is low and seems to be decreasing. In many countries outside Europe, and especially in developing countries, interest in science and technology remains strong. As part of the large-scale European Union…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Science Interests, Student Interests
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Elmesky, Rowhea – Research in Science Education, 2013
This article describes the substance, structure, and rationale of a learning progression in genetics spanning kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12). The learning progression is designed to build a foundation towards understanding protein structure and activity and should be viewed as one possible pathway to understanding concepts of genetics…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Genetics, Biology, Scientific Concepts
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Broughton, Suzanne H.; Sinatra, Gale M.; Nussbaum, E. Michael – Research in Science Education, 2013
Learning about certain scientific topics has potential to spark strong emotions among students. We investigated whether emotions predicted students' attitudes after engaging in independent rereading and/or rereading plus discussion about Pluto's reclassification. Fifth and sixth grade students read a refutation text on Pluto's reclassification.…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, Comparative Analysis, Student Attitudes, Concept Formation
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Ekborg, Margareta; Ottander, Christina; Silfver, Eva; Simon, Shirley – Research in Science Education, 2013
The research is an investigation of teachers' experience of working with socio-scientific issues (SSI). A large group of teachers (55) chose one of six cases with the characteristics of SSI and were free to organize the work as they found appropriate. The research focuses on how teachers chose content, organized their work and experienced the…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Subramaniam, Karthigeyan – Research in Science Education, 2013
This study explores five minority preservice teachers' conceptions of teaching science and identifies the sources of their strategies for helping students learn science. Perspectives from the literature on conceptions of teaching science and on the role constructs used to describe and distinguish minority preservice teachers from their mainstream…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Science Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education
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Almeida, Antonio; Vasconcelos, Clara – Research in Science Education, 2013
This study based on a theoretical framework of three main environmental perspectives in the human-nature relationship (anthropocentrism, biocentrism and ecocentrism), aimed to identify their incidence in teachers involved with environmental projects when confronted with diverse environmental issues. 60 teachers drawn from four school cycles in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Ecology, Teacher Attitudes
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Braund, Martin; Leigh, Joanne – Research in Science Education, 2013
Pupil talk and discussion are seen as having important social and cognitive outcomes. In science classes, pupils' collaborative talk supports the construction of meaning and helps examine the status of evidence, theory and knowledge. However, pupil interactive talk in groups is rare in science lessons. The research reported is part of a project to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Experience, Educationally Disadvantaged, Statistical Analysis
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Velayutham, Sunitadevi; Aldridge, Jill M. – Research in Science Education, 2013
The primary aim of this study was two-fold: 1) to identify salient psychosocial features of the classroom environment that influence students' motivation and self-regulation in science learning; and 2) to examine the effect of the motivational constructs of learning goal orientation, science task value and self-efficacy in science learning on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Structural Equation Models, Student Motivation
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Cheon, Jongpil; Lee, Sangno; Smith, Walter; Song, Jaeki; Kim, Yongjin – Research in Science Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to use text mining analysis of early adolescents' online essays to determine their knowledge of global lunar patterns. Australian and American students in grades five to seven wrote about global lunar patterns they had discovered by sharing observations with each other via the Internet. These essays were analyzed for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Misconceptions, Essays, Astronomy
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Vazquez-Alonso, Angel; Garcia-Carmona, Antonio; Manassero-Mas, Maria Antonia; Bennassar-Roig, Antoni – Research in Science Education, 2013
This paper describes Spanish science teachers' thinking about issues concerning the nature of science (NOS) and the relationships connecting science, technology, and society (STS). The sample consisted of 774 in-service and pre-service teachers. The participants responded to a selection of items from the Questionnaire of Opinions on Science,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science and Society
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Gericke, Niklas; Hagberg, Mariana; Jorde, Doris – Research in Science Education, 2013
In this study we investigate students' ability to discern conceptual variation and the use of multiple models in genetics when reading content-specific excerpts from biology textbooks. Using the history and philosophy of science as our reference, we were able to develop a research instrument allowing students themselves to investigate the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Instruction, Genetics
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Kilinc, Ahmet; Yesiltas, Namik Kemal; Kartal, Tezcan; Demiral, Ümit; Eroglu, Baris – Research in Science Education, 2013
Environmental degradation stemming from anthropocentric causes threatens the biodiversity more than ever before, leading scholars to warn governments about the impending consequences of biodiversity loss (BL). At this point, it is of great importance to study the public's conceptions of BL in order to identify significant educational implications.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Students, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires
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