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Pedrosa-de-Jesus, Helena; Leite, Sara; Watts, Mike – Research in Science Education, 2016
This naturalistic study integrates specific "question moments" into lesson plans to increase pupils' classroom interactions. A range of tools explored students' ideas by providing students with opportunities to ask and write questions. Their oral and written outcomes provide data on individual and group misunderstandings. Changes to the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Lesson Plans, Classroom Communication, Chemistry
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Leite, Laurinda; Dourado, Luís; Morgado, Sofia – Research in Science Education, 2015
Information and communication technologies (ICT), namely the Internet, can play a valuable educational role in several school subjects, including science education. The same applies to problem-based learning (PBL), that is, a student-centered active learning methodology that can prepare students for lifelong learning. WebQuests (WQs) combine PBL…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Problem Based Learning, Internet, Science Instruction
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Almeida, Antonio; Vasconcelos, Clara – Research in Science Education, 2013
This study based on a theoretical framework of three main environmental perspectives in the human-nature relationship (anthropocentrism, biocentrism and ecocentrism), aimed to identify their incidence in teachers involved with environmental projects when confronted with diverse environmental issues. 60 teachers drawn from four school cycles in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Ecology, Teacher Attitudes
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Hagay, G.; Baram-Tsabari, A.; Ametller, J.; Cakmakci, G.; Lopes, B.; Moreira, A.; Pedrosa-de-Jesus, H. – Research in Science Education, 2013
In order to bridge the existing gap between biology curricula and students' interests in biology, a strategy for identifying students' interest based on their questions and integrating them into the curriculum was developed. To characterize the level of generalizability of students' science interests over 600 high school students from Portugal,…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Interests, Science Interests, Biology
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Galvao, Cecilia; Reis, Pedro; Freire, Sofia; Almeida, Paulo – Research in Science Education, 2011
PARSEL Project emerged from the urgent need to overcome the problem of lack of scientific literacy in the population, which should be a priority in a society where science occupies a central place. Indeed, nowadays for any citizen to participate in a responsible and informed way in society he has to be scientifically acknowledgeable. Nevertheless,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Peer Acceptance, Professional Development
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Freitas, Isabel M.; Jimenez, Roque; Mellado, Vicente – Research in Science Education, 2004
The results are described of two case studies on the conceptions and classroom practice of two Portuguese physics and chemistry teachers on the role of problem solving in the teaching/learning of science. One of these teachers was a novice and the other had about 20 years of teaching experience. The data were obtained from a questionnaire, a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Physics, Chemistry
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Reis, Pedro; Galvao, Cecilia – Research in Science Education, 2004
This article discusses the results of a qualitative study, based on case studies, aimed at: (a) assessing a group of Portuguese secondary school natural science teachers regarding their conceptions of the nature, teaching and learning of science; (b) studying possible impacts of recent controversies surrounding scientific and technological issues…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Natural Sciences, Secondary School Science, Science Teachers