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Raviv, Ayala; Cohen, Sarit; Aflalo, Ester – Research in Science Education, 2019
Despite the inherent potential of cooperative learning, there has been very little research into its effectiveness in middle school laboratory classes. This study focuses on an empirical comparison between cooperative learning and individual learning in the school science laboratory, evaluating the quality of learning and the students' attitudes.…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Cooperative Learning, Science Achievement, Middle School Students
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Williams, R. T.; Pringle, Rose M.; Kilgore, K. L. – Research in Science Education, 2019
The increase in global migration and the prioritization of English as an international language have resulted in science learning environments that include students whose primary language differs from the language of instruction. This worldwide phenomenon is not limited to geographical regions but occurs where diverse populations representing…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English Language Learners, Science Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Doganca Kucuk, Zerrin; Saysel, Ali Kerem – Research in Science Education, 2018
A systems-based classroom intervention on environmental education was designed for seventh grade students; the results were evaluated to see its impact on the development of systems thinking skills and standard science achievement and whether the systems approach is a more effective way to teach environmental issues that are dynamic and complex. A…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Environmental Influences, Quasiexperimental Design, Intervention
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Kier, Meredith W.; Blanchard, Margaret R.; Osborne, Jason W.; Albert, Jennifer L. – Research in Science Education, 2014
Internationally, efforts to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers have been on the rise. It is often the goal of such efforts that increased interest in STEM careers should stimulate economic growth and enhance innovation. Scientific and educational organizations recommend that efforts to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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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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Arnold, Jenny – Research in Science Education, 2012
Over the past twenty-five years researchers have been concerned with understanding the science student. The need for such research is still grounded in contemporary issues including providing opportunities for all students to develop scientific literacy and the failure of school science to connect with student's lives, interests and personal…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Attitudes, Video Technology, Classroom Communication
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Xu, Lihua; Clarke, David – Research in Science Education, 2012
This paper reports multi-layered analyses of student learning in a science classroom using the theoretical lens of Distributed Cognition (Hollan et al. 1999; Hutchins 1995). Building on the insights generated from previous research employing Distributed Cognition, the particular focus of this study has been placed on the "public space of…
Descriptors: Evidence, Video Technology, Interaction, Classrooms
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Choi, Aeran; Notebaert, Andrew; Diaz, Juan; Hand, Brian – Research in Science Education, 2010
A critical component of science is the role of inquiry and argument in moving scientific knowledge forward. However, while students are expected to engage in inquiry activities in science classrooms, there is not always a similar emphasis on the role of argument within the inquiry activities. Building from previous studies on the Science Writing…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Inquiry, Science Instruction
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Anthony, Robert J.; Tippett, Christine D.; Yore, Larry D. – Research in Science Education, 2010
Science literacy leading to fuller and informed participation in the public debate about science, technology, society, and environmental (STSE) issues that produce justified decisions and sustainable actions is the shared and central goal of the Pacific CRYSTAL Project. There is broad agreement by science education researchers that learners need…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Science Programs, Visual Literacy, Science Teachers
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Webb, Paul; Treagust, David F. – Research in Science Education, 2006
This study investigates whether the generation of exploratory talk in grade seven, second-language science classrooms in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, has a positive effect on learners in terms of their problem-solving and reasoning skills and whether socio-cultural "milieus" (urban, peri-urban and rural settings of schools)…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Thinking Skills, Grade 7, Science Instruction
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Lewthwaite, Brian; Fisher, Darrell – Research in Science Education, 2004
The purpose of this investigation was to apply a validated curriculum evaluation instrument, the "Science Curriculum Implementation Questionnaire" (SCIQ), in an educational context in which a science curriculum review had recently been completed and, by so doing, ascertain the accuracy and potential value of the instrument as a…
Descriptors: Science Programs, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Evaluation, Investigations
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Kang, Sukjin; Scharmann, Lawrence C.; Noh, Taehee – Research in Science Education, 2004
In this study, we defined and quantified the degree of cognitive conflict induced by a discrepant event from a cognitive perspective. Based on the scheme developed, we investigated the relationship between cognitive conflict and conceptual change, and the influences of students' cognitive characteristics on conflict in learning the concept of…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Foreign Countries, Grade 7, Females