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Wang, Ya-Ling; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science Education, 2019
Students' conceptions of learning science and their relations with motive for learning may vary as the education level increases. This study aimed to compare the quantitative patterns in students' conceptions of learning science (COLS) and motives for learning science (MLS) across grade levels by adopting two survey instruments. A total of 768…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Motivation, Instructional Program Divisions, Foreign Countries
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Schizas, Dimitrios; Papatheodorou, Efimia; Stamou, George – Research in Science Education, 2018
This study conducts a textbook analysis in the frame of the following working hypothesis: The transformation of scientific knowledge into school knowledge is expected to reproduce the problems encountered with the scientific knowledge itself or generate additional problems, which may both induce misconceptions in textbook users. Specifically, we…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Textbook Evaluation, Textbooks, Textbook Content
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Scharfenberg, Franz-Josef; Bogner, Franz X. – Research in Science Education, 2013
Our research objective focused on examining the instructional efficiency of tutoring as a form of instructional change as opposed to a non-tutoring approach in an outreach laboratory. We designed our laboratory based on cognitive load (CL) theory. Altogether, 269 twelfth-graders participated in our day-long module "Genetic Fingerprinting." In a…
Descriptors: Tutoring, Instructional Effectiveness, Genetics, Laboratories
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Scharfenberg, Franz-Josef; Bogner, Franz X. – Research in Science Education, 2013
This study classified students into different cognitive load (CL) groups by means of cluster analysis based on their experienced CL in a gene technology outreach lab which has instructionally been designed with regard to CL theory. The relationships of the identified student CL clusters to learner characteristics, laboratory variables, and…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments, Theory Practice Relationship, Pretests Posttests
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Barak, Miri; Hussein-Farraj, Rania – Research in Science Education, 2013
This paper describes a study conducted in the context of chemistry education reforms in Israel. The study examined a new biochemistry learning unit that was developed to promote in-depth understanding of 3D structures and functions of proteins and nucleic acids. Our goal was to examine whether, and to what extent teaching and learning via…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Educational Change, Biochemistry
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Tomas, Louisa; Ritchie, Stephen M. – Research in Science Education, 2012
In order to understand better the role of affect in learning about socio-scientific issues (SSI), this study investigated Year 12 students' emotional arousal as they participated in an online writing-to-learn science project about the socio-scientific issue of biosecurity. Students wrote a series of hybridised scientific narratives, or BioStories,…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Science Projects, Environmental Education, Self Efficacy
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Rozenszayn, Ronit; Assaraf, Orit Ben-Zvi – Research in Science Education, 2011
This research suggests utilizing collaborative learning among high school students for better performance on ecology inquiry-based projects. A case study of nine 12th grade students who participated in collaborative learning sessions in the open field and in class is examined. The results show that the students concentrated on discussing the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Ecology, Inquiry, Grade 12
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Yarden, Hagit; Yarden, Anat – Research in Science Education, 2010
The importance of biotechnology education at the high-school level has been recognized in a number of international curriculum frameworks around the world. One of the most problematic issues in learning biotechnology has been found to be the biotechnological methods involved. Here, we examine the unique contribution of an animation of the…
Descriptors: Animation, Prior Learning, Biotechnology, Grade 12
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Lu, Tan-Ni; Cowie, Bronwen; Jones, Alister – Research in Science Education, 2010
This paper reports Grade 12 students' biology learning during interactive teaching classes in 2001 in Taiwan. The researcher as teacher, working within an interpretive framework, set out to improve her senior high school student biology teaching and learning. An intervention based on a social constructivist view of learning was designed,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), High Schools, Intervention, Biology
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Hubber, Peter – Research in Science Education, 2006
This article reports on the third year of a three-year longitudinal investigation into six secondary students' understanding of optics at a secondary school level. In the third year of this investigation the students, who by now were in Year 12, underwent a teaching sequence that centred on the teaching and learning of physical optics and quantum…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Grade 12, Thinking Skills, Models