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Cheung, Derek – Research in Science Education, 2015
For students to be successful in school chemistry, a strong sense of self-efficacy is essential. Chemistry self-efficacy can be defined as students' beliefs about the extent to which they are capable of performing specific chemistry tasks. According to Bandura ("Psychol. Rev." 84:191-215, 1977), students acquire information about their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, Secondary School Students, Self Efficacy
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Towndrow, Phillip A.; Tan, Aik-Ling; Yung, Benny H. W.; Cohen, Libby – Research in Science Education, 2010
This paper considers the circumstances under which science teachers can respond positively and productively to educational policy reforms in the area of science practical assessment. To understand what might be involved in linking science teachers' assessment capacities and their professional development, we present illustrative data from recent…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Professional Development
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Cheung, Derek – Research in Science Education, 2009
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the interaction effect between grade level and gender with respect to students' attitudes toward chemistry lessons taught in secondary schools. The sample consisted of 954 chemistry students in grades Secondary 4-7 (approximately 16-19 years of age) in Hong Kong. Students' attitudes were…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Student Attitudes, Gender Differences, Attitude Change
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Wong, Kenson Kin Hang; Day, Jeffrey Richard – Research in Science Education, 2009
The purpose of the study is to compare problem based learning (PBL) and lecture-based learning (LBL) in Hong Kong secondary students' science achievement. Secondary One students were divided into two groups: group A (n = 37), was taught two topics: "Human Reproduction" and "Density" through PBL; group B (n = 38) was taught the…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Early Adolescents, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Thomas, Gregory P. – Research in Science Education, 2006
A debate is ongoing in Hong Kong regarding whether local and international schools vary in the extent to which they provide classroom learning environments that support the development of students' higher order thinking and metacognition. This study investigated commonalities and variations in the metacognitive orientation of local and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Metacognition, International Schools, Educational Environment
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Cheung, Derek; Ng, Pun-Hon – Research in Science Education, 2001
Describes a quantitative study of secondary school teachers' beliefs about curriculum design. Uses the 33-item Science Curriculum Orientation Inventory (SCOI) to measure five distinct orientations to curriculum: academic, cognitive process, society-centered, humanistic, and technological. Collects data from 810 integrated science, chemistry,…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Design, Foreign Countries
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So, Winnie Wing-mui – Research in Science Education, 1997
Uses a qualitative approach to uncover a teacher's thinking process during planning and to depict a more holistic view of the structural complexity of teacher cognition during lesson planning. Findings indicate differences between specialized science teachers and general teachers in the levels of structural complexity in their thinking process.…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Planning