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Gullberg, Annica; Andersson, Kristina; Danielsson, Anna; Scantlebury, Kathryn; Hussénius, Anita – Research in Science Education, 2018
We report how 47 pre-service teachers during their preschool placement in Sweden identify events related to gender and emerging science. We analysed their reflections on the situations with Gee's Discourse analysis. Two dominant discourse models were identified: the Discourse Construare, where pre-service teachers assumed that children have…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, National Curriculum, Sex Stereotypes, Science Education
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Rocksén, Miranda; Olander, Clas – Research in Science Education, 2017
This study explores the concept of link-making in relation to communicative strategies applied in the teaching and studying of biological evolution. The analysis focused on video recordings of 11 lessons on biological evolution conducted in a Swedish 9th grade class of students aged 15 years. It reveals how the teacher and students connected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Secondary School Science, Evolution
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Haglund, Jesper; Jeppsson, Fredrik; Schönborn, Konrad J. – Research in Science Education, 2016
Integration of technology, social learning and scientific models offers pedagogical opportunities for science education. A particularly interesting area is thermal science, where students often struggle with abstract concepts, such as heat. In taking on this conceptual obstacle, we explore how hand-held infrared (IR) visualization technology can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Photography, Energy, Physics
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Haglund, Jesper; Jeppsson, Fredrik; Ahrenberg, Lars – Research in Science Education, 2015
Science education research suggests that our everyday intuitions of motion and interaction of physical objects fit well with how physicists use the term "momentum". Corpus linguistics provides an easily accessible approach to study language in different domains, including everyday language. Analysis of language samples from English text…
Descriptors: Science Education, Motion, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Thörne, Karin; Gericke, Niklas – Research in Science Education, 2014
This study investigates Swedish biology teachers' inclusion of proteins when teaching genetics in grade nine (students 15-16 years old). For some years, there has been a call to give attention to proteins when teaching genetics as a means of linking the concepts "gene" and "trait". Students are known to have problems with this…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication
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Christenson, Nina; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang; Zeidler, Dana L. – Research in Science Education, 2014
In the present STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)-driven society, socioscientific issues (SSI) have become a focus globally and SSI research has grown into an important area of study in science education. Since students attending the social and science programs have a different focus in their studies and research has shown…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, STEM Education, Social Sciences, Majors (Students)
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Gericke, Niklas; Hagberg, Mariana; Jorde, Doris – Research in Science Education, 2013
In this study we investigate students' ability to discern conceptual variation and the use of multiple models in genetics when reading content-specific excerpts from biology textbooks. Using the history and philosophy of science as our reference, we were able to develop a research instrument allowing students themselves to investigate the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Instruction, Genetics
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Andrée, Maria; Lager-Nyqvist, Lotta – Research in Science Education, 2013
In science education, students sometimes create and engage in spontaneous science-oriented play where ideas about science and scientists are put to use. However, in previous research, little attention has been given to the role of informal spontaneous play in school science classrooms. We argue that, in order to enhance our understanding of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Play, Learning Processes, Secondary School Students
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Hansson, Lena; Redfors, Andreas – Research in Science Education, 2013
Astrobiology is, on a profound level, about whether life exists outside of the planet Earth. The question of existence of life elsewhere in the universe has been of interest to many societies throughout history. Recently, the research area of astrobiology has grown at a fast rate, mainly due to the development of observational methods, and the…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes
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Frändberg, Birgitta; Lincoln, Per; Wallin, Anita – Research in Science Education, 2013
Explanations involving submicro levels of representation are central to science education, but known to be difficult for students in secondary school. This study examines students' written explanations of physical and chemical phenomena regarding matter and changes in matter, in a large-scale test. This is done in order to understand linguistic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Verbs, Vocabulary
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Orlander Arvola, Auli; Lundegard, Iann – Research in Science Education, 2012
This paper approaches learning as a response instead of the acquisition of something previously expected. More specifically, it describes a process of argumentation on socioscientific issues in a classroom situation in school science amongst 15-year-old students in Sweden. The analysis of an argumentation on abortion in a science classroom…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Classroom Environment, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction
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Ottander, Christina; Ekborg, Margareta – Research in Science Education, 2012
This research project aims to investigate how students in lower secondary school experience work with socioscientific issues (SSI). The six socioscientific cases developed and used in this project are relevant according to characteristics of SSI and to the national curriculum. Approximately 1,500 students in Sweden have worked with one SSI case…
Descriptors: Females, Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries
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Andersson, Kristina – Research in Science Education, 2012
This study illuminates teachers' conceptions of gender and science and possibilities to challenge these conceptions. Since 2005, a group of teachers (K-6) in Sweden have met approximately once a month in two-hour seminars to discuss and develop their instruction in science and technology based on a gender perspective. The present data consist…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Attitudes, Science Activities, Science Instruction
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Hansson, Lena; Redfors, Andreas – Research in Science Education, 2006
The article is addressing how students reason about the origin and development of the universe. Students' own views as well as their descriptions of physical models are analysed. Data consists of written surveys, and interviews of a subset of the students. Most of the students relate to the Big Bang model when describing the origin of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Science Education
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Hellden, Gustav – Research in Science Education, 2005
This paper will report on the development of a research program by a group of science educators at Kristianstad University, which has its roots in a longitudinal study I conducted concerning students' developing understandings of ecological processes. Following the insights generated in this first study concerning the nature of student…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Program Development, Science Teachers, Research Design