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Kumarassamy, Jayanthy; Koh, Caroline – Research in Science Education, 2019
Much has been written and debated on the importance of including moral, character or values education in school curricula. In line with this, teachers' views with regard to values education have often been sought. However, a search into the literature on values in science education has revealed little on this domain. In an attempt to close this…
Descriptors: Values Education, Citizenship Education, Science Education, Teacher Attitudes
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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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Caleon, Imelda S.; Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle; Cho, Young Hoan – Research in Science Education, 2018
This study utilized multiple data sources to examine the beliefs about learning and teaching physics and the instructional practices of five beginning teachers and seven experienced teachers from Singapore. Our study was implemented in the unique context of teachers teaching the topic of electricity to students grouped according to academic…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Educational Practices
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Rappa, Natasha Anne; Tang, Kok-Sing – Research in Science Education, 2017
Agency is a construct facilitating our examination of when and how young people extend their own learning across contexts. However, little is known about the role played by adolescent learners' sense of agency. This paper reports two cases of students' agentively employing and developing science literacy practices--one in Singapore and the other…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Adolescents, Scientific Literacy, Foreign Countries
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Sun, Daner; Looi, Chee-Kit; Wu, Longkai; Xie, Wenting – Research in Science Education, 2016
With advancements made in mobile technology, increasing emphasis has been paid to how to leverage the affordances of mobile technology to improve science learning and instruction. This paper reports on a science curriculum supported by an inquiry-based framework and mobile technologies. It was developed by teachers and researchers in a multiyear…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Innovation, Educational Innovation
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Zhai, Junqing; Tan, Aik-Ling – Research in Science Education, 2015
This study delves into the different roles that elementary science teachers play in the classroom to orchestrate science learning opportunities for students. Examining the classroom practices of three elementary science teachers in Singapore, we found that teachers shuttle between four key roles in enabling student learning in science. Teachers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Sikder, Shukla; Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2015
Vygotsky (1987) stated that the restructured form of everyday concepts learned at home and in the community interact with scientific concepts introduced in formal school settings, leading to a higher level of scientific thinking for school-aged children. But, what does this mean for the scientific learning of infants and toddlers? What kinds of…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Foreign Countries, Scientific Concepts
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Chue, Shien; Lee, Yew-Jin – Research in Science Education, 2013
When students collaboratively design and build artifacts that require relevant understanding and application of science, many aspects of scientific literacy are developed. Design-based inquiry (DBI) is one such pedagogy that can serve these desired goals of science education well. Focusing on a Projectile Science curriculum previously found to be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Student Projects
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Poon, Chew-Leng; Lee, Yew-Jin; Tan, Aik-Ling; Lim, Shirley S. L. – Research in Science Education, 2012
In this paper, we characterize the inquiry practices of four elementary school teachers by means of a pedagogical framework. Our study revealed core components of inquiry found in theoretically-driven models as well as practices that were regarded as integral to the success of day-to-day science teaching in Singapore. This approach towards…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Chandrasegaran, A. L.; Treagust, David F.; Mocerino, Mauro – Research in Science Education, 2008
Students are generally known to memorise and regurgitate chemical equations without sufficient understanding of the changes that occur at the particulate level. In addition, they often fail to recognise the significance of the symbols and formulas that are used to represent chemical reactions. This article describes an evaluation of the ability of…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Grade 9, Student Evaluation
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Lang, Quek Choon; Wong, Angela F. L.; Fraser, Barry J. – Research in Science Education, 2005
This study investigated the chemistry laboratory classroom environment, teacher-student interactions and student attitudes towards chemistry among 497 gifted and non-gifted secondary-school students in Singapore. The data were collected using the 35-item Chemistry Laboratory Environment Inventory (CLEI), the 48-item Questionnaire on Teacher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Classroom Environment, Gender Differences, Chemistry
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Scott, Rowena H.; Fisher, Darrell L. – Research in Science Education, 2004
An elementary version of the "Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction" (QTI) and a scale for determining students' "Enjoyment of their Science Lessons" (ENJ) were translated into Standard Malay. This process, together with its initial validation carried out in 136 classrooms with 3,104 students, is described in this paper.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indonesian Languages, Translation, Measures (Individuals)
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Boo, Hong-Kwen; Toh, Kok-Aun – Research in Science Education, 1998
Fourth-year university students (n=12) in a secondary-science-education degree program in Singapore were interviewed after demonstrations of five familiar chemical reactions. The majority of interviewees used perceptually-dominated rather than conceptually-dominated thinking and were unable to use scientific concepts consistently across the five…
Descriptors: Chemical Reactions, Chemistry, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation
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Toh, Kok-Aun; And Others – Research in Science Education, 1997
Investigates students' (N=277) performance and the effects of pre-training on tasks rated high in ambiguity, in particular those where the solution to the tasks cannot be arrived at through predictable algorithms. Findings show pre-training to be a significant factor in improving students' ability to plan and carry out open-ended investigations.…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Inquiry