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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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Lemoni, Rea; Lefkaditou, Ageliki; Stamou, Anastasia G.; Schizas, Dimitrios; Stamou, George P. – Research in Science Education, 2013
This paper explores the function of the visual syntax of images in Greek primary school textbooks. By using a model for the formal analysis of the visual material, which will allow us to disclose the mechanisms through which meanings are manifested, our aim is to investigate the discursive transition relating to the view of nature and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Science, Textbooks, Role
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Loukomies, Anni; Pnevmatikos, Dimitris; Lavonen, Jari; Spyrtou, Anna; Byman, Reijo; Kariotoglou, Petros; Juuti, Kalle – Research in Science Education, 2013
This study aimed to design a teaching sequence for science education that enabled lower secondary school students to enhance their motivation towards science. Further, it looked to examine the way the designed teaching sequence affected students with different motivational profiles. Industry site visits, with embodied theory-based motivational…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Student Motivation, Science Interests, Secondary School Students
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Piliouras, Panagiotis; Evangelou, Odysseas – Research in Science Education, 2012
The demographic changes in Greek schools underline the need for reconsidering the way in which migrant pupils move from their everyday culture into the culture of school science (a process known as "cultural border crossing"). Migrant pupils might face difficulties when they attempt to transcend cultural borders and this may influence…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Grade 5, Science Instruction
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Ergazaki, Marida; Ampatzidis, Georgios – Research in Science Education, 2012
This paper is part of a larger study that aims at highlighting students' interpretations of the idea of the "Balance of Nature", as well as its use in their reasoning about the future of an ecosystem, in order to subsequently develop a learning environment that might promote a reconsideration of its validity and usefulness. Our focus…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Parks, Ecology, Universities
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Velentzas, Athanasios; Halkia, Krystallia – Research in Science Education, 2011
In this work an attempt is made to explore the possible value of using Thought Experiments (TEs) in teaching physics to upper secondary education students. Specifically, a qualitative research project is designed to investigate the extent to which the Thought Experiment (TE) called "Heisenberg's Microscope", as it has been transformed by…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Physics, Laboratory Equipment, Secondary School Science
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Dedes, Christos; Ravanis, Konstantinos – Research in Science Education, 2009
This research, carried out in Greece on pupils aged 12-16, focuses on the transformation of their representations concerning light emission and image formation by extended light sources. The instructive process was carried out in two stages, each one having a different, distinct target set. During the first stage, the appropriate conflict…
Descriptors: Intervention, Optics, Foreign Countries, Experimental Teaching
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Dimopoulos, Kostas; Koulaidis, Vasilis; Sklaveniti, Spyridoula – Research in Science Education, 2005
This study aims at presenting a grid for analysing the way the language employed in Greek school science textbooks tends to project pedagogic messages. These messages are analysed for the different school science subjects (i.e., Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and educational levels (i.e., primary and lower secondary level). The analysis is made…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Science Education, Sociolinguistics, Physics
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Kallery, Maria; Psillos, Dimitris – Research in Science Education, 2004
There is considerable evidence that use of anthropomorphism and animism in science teaching is a common practice in all grades of education. However, not much is known about teachers' own views on the real reasons why they have been using animistic and anthropomorphic formulations or on the issue of whether animism and anthropomorphism should or…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teacher Attitudes, Philosophy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Dimopoulos, Kostas; Koulaidis, Vasilis; Sklaveniti, Spyridoula – Research in Science Education, 2003
Analyzes the pedagogic functions of visual images included in school science textbooks and daily press articles about science and technology. Indicates that the science textbooks (a) use 10 times more images, (b) use more images so as to familiarize their readers with the specialized techno-scientific content and codes, and (c) tend to create a…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, International Studies, News Media
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Christidou, Vasilia; Koulaidis, Vasilis; Christidis, Theodor – Research in Science Education, 1997
Examines the relationship between children's use of metaphors and their mental models concerning the ozone layer and ozone layer depletion. Results indicate that the way children represent the role and depletion of ozone is strongly correlated with the types of metaphors they use while constructing and/or articulating their models. Also discusses…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Environmental Education
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Zoller, Uri; Tsaparlis, Georgios – Research in Science Education, 1997
Explores student performance in chemistry examinations on items that require higher-order cognitive skills (HOCS) or lower-order cognitive skills (LOCS). Findings indicate that students performed considerably lower on questions requiring HOCS than on those requiring LOCS. Performance on questions requiring HOCS may not correlate with that on…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Chemistry, Cognitive Ability, Evaluation
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Barbas, A.; Psillos, D. – Research in Science Education, 1997
Research on students' causal reasoning was used to design a sequence for teaching electricity. Students' responses suggest that several students, when they construct microscopic mechanisms to explain electrical phenomena, may envision transient states and employ a specific type of causal chain--the iterative one--in addition to simple and linear…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Development, Electricity, Epistemology
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Koulaidis, Vasilis; Tsatsaroni, Anna – Research in Science Education, 1996
Discusses some of the available frameworks for the pedagogical analysis of school science textbooks. Discusses three approaches to the analysis of science textbooks: the sociocognitive, the sociolinguistic, and the socioepistemic. Considers the relative merits of the third approach using some examples from Greek science textbooks. Contains 18…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction