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Werner, Sonja; Förtsch, Christian; Boone, William; von Kotzebue, Lena; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – Research in Science Education, 2019
To obtain a general understanding of science, model use as part of National Education Standards is important for instruction. Model use can be characterized by three aspects: (1) the characteristics of the model, (2) the integration of the model into instruction, and (3) the use of models to foster scientific reasoning. However, there were no…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Models, Foreign Countries
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Dorfner, Tobias; Förtsch, Christian; Boone, William; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – Research in Science Education, 2019
A number of studies on single instructional quality features have been reported for mathematics and science instruction. For summarizing single instructional quality features, researchers have created a model of three basic dimensions ("classroom management," "supportive climate," and "cognitive activation") of…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Educational Quality, Science Achievement
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Braun, Tina; Dierkes, Paul – Research in Science Education, 2019
This research evaluates the development of three environmental knowledge dimensions of secondary school students after participation in a singular 1-day outdoor education programme. Applying a cross-national approach, system, action-related and effectiveness knowledge levels of students educated in Germany and Singapore were assessed before and…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Outdoor Education, Environmental Education, Program Effectiveness
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Wünschmann, Stephanie; Wüst-Ackermann, Peter; Randler, Christoph; Vollmer, Christian; Itzek-Greulich, Heike – Research in Science Education, 2017
Interventions in out-of-school settings have been shown in previous studies to effectively increase students' science knowledge and motivation, with mixed results on whether they are more effective than teaching at school. In this study, we compared an out-of-school setting in a reptile and amphibian zoo (Landau, Germany) with a sequence of…
Descriptors: Recreational Facilities, Science Instruction, Experimental Groups, Control Groups
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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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Bickel, Malte; Strack, Micha; Bögeholz, Susanne – Research in Science Education, 2015
Modern knowledge-based societies, especially their younger members, have largely lost their bonds to farming. However, learning about agriculture and its interrelations with environmental issues may be facilitated by students' individual interests in agriculture. To date, an adequate instrument to investigate agricultural interests has been…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Agriculture, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Fiebelkorn, Florian; Menzel, Susanne – Research in Science Education, 2013
The loss of biodiversity is one of the most urgent global environmental problems of our time. Public education and awareness building is key to successful biodiversity protection. Knowledgeable and skilled student teachers are a key component for the successful implementation of biodiversity education in schools. Yet, little empirical evidence…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Science Teachers
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Kessels, Ursula; Taconis, Ruurd – Research in Science Education, 2012
By applying the self-to-prototype matching theory to students' academic choices, this study links the unpopularity of science in many industrialized countries with the perceived gap between typical persons representing science (e.g. physics teachers) on the one hand and students' self-image on the other. A sample of N = 308 Dutch and German…
Descriptors: Physics, Student Attitudes, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Menzel, Susanne; Bogeholz, Susanne – Research in Science Education, 2009
The topic of biodiversity is of high value for education for sustainable development as it reflects the interaction of ecological, economic and social issues particularly well. Especially in so-called biodiversity hotspots, among them Chile, natural resources are often depleted for economic interest which, in many cases, is required income.…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Theories, Economics, Social Environment
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Lang, Manfred; Olson, John – Research in Science Education, 2000
Questions whether self-assessment helps teachers develop new conceptual structures in the context of integrated science. Examined 22 inservice teachers with concept maps, interviews, and questionnaires while they used teaching materials for eight integrated topics in the German PING Project. Discusses the importance of using self-assessment to…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries
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Dempsey, Rachael; Gresele, Christiane; Bogeholz, Susanne; Martens, Thomas; Mayer, Jurgen; Rode, Horst; Rost, Jurgen – Research in Science Education, 1998
Describes a research program into environmental activity factors that consists of three studies. Evaluates the validity of the Integrated Action Model and applies the model to evaluate the effects of school environmental instruction and the effects of the nature experience. Contains 53 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Experience, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education
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Duit, Reinders; Komorek, Michael; Wilbers, Jens – Research in Science Education, 1997
Critically analyzes the core ideas of chaos theory to determine whether they are worth teaching and explores the accessibility of these ideas for students. The studies are embedded in a Model of Educational Reconstruction which seeks to bring science content structure concerns and educational concerns into balance and interaction with one another.…
Descriptors: Chaos Theory, Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation
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Welzel, Manuela – Research in Science Education, 1997
Presents results from empirical studies of physics learning for different age groups using a situated cognition perspective to construct detailed understandings of how individual learning processes unfold. Contains 35 references. (PVD)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum Research, Educational Change, Epistemology
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Fischer, Hans Ernst; Horstendahl, Michaela – Research in Science Education, 1997
Beneath elements of cognitive development, motivation is seen as a basic concept to describe students' learning in a physics classroom. German secondary school students regard physics as difficult to learn, very abstract, and dominated by males. Knowing about the influence of motivation on learning physics may lead to new insights in the design of…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Instructional Innovation