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Fitzgerald, Michael; Danaia, Lena; McKinnon, David H. – Research in Science Education, 2019
In recent years, calls for the adoption of inquiry-based pedagogies in the science classroom have formed a part of the recommendations for large-scale high school science reforms. However, these pedagogies have been problematic to implement at scale. This research explores the perceptions of 34 positively inclined early-adopter teachers in…
Descriptors: Barriers, Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction
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Wang, Ya-Ling; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science Education, 2019
Students' conceptions of learning science and their relations with motive for learning may vary as the education level increases. This study aimed to compare the quantitative patterns in students' conceptions of learning science (COLS) and motives for learning science (MLS) across grade levels by adopting two survey instruments. A total of 768…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Motivation, Instructional Program Divisions, Foreign Countries
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Tang, Kok-Sing; Yang, Xiangyu – Research in Science Education, 2019
Research examining the relationship between science and religion has often painted a narrative of conflict for students with various religious beliefs. The purpose of this paper is to present a counter-narrative based on a study carried out in Singapore, which provides a unique multi-ethnic and multi-religious environment and geopolitical context…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Factors, High School Students, Science Instruction
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Yang, Fang-Ying; Liu, Shiang-Yao; Hsu, Chung-Yuan; Chiou, Guo-Li; Wu, Hsin-Kai; Wu, Ying-Tien; Chen, Sufen; Liang, Jyh-Chong; Tsai, Meng-Jung; Lee, Silvia W.-Y.; Lee, Min-Hsien; Lin, Che-Li; Chu, Regina Juchun; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to develop and validate an online contextualized test for assessing students' understanding of epistemic knowledge of science. In addition, how students' understanding of epistemic knowledge of science interacts with learner factors, including time spent on science learning, interest, self-efficacy, and gender, was…
Descriptors: Science Education, Knowledge Level, Student Interests, Self Efficacy
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Ge, Yun-Ping; Unsworth, Len; Wang, Kuo-Hua; Chang, Huey-Por – Research in Science Education, 2018
From a social semiotic perspective, image designs in science textbooks are inevitably influenced by the sociocultural context in which the books are produced. The learning environments of Australia and Taiwan vary greatly. Drawing on social semiotics and cognitive science, this study compares classificational images in Australian and Taiwanese…
Descriptors: Junior High School Students, Semiotics, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction
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Milbourne, Jeff; Wiebe, Eric – Research in Science Education, 2018
While Physics Education Research has a rich tradition of problem-solving scholarship, most of the work has focused on more traditional, well-defined problems. Less work has been done with ill-structured problems, problems that are better aligned with the engineering and design-based scenarios promoted by the Next Generation Science Standards. This…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, High School Students, Physics, Science Instruction
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Lin, Tzung-Jin; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science Education, 2018
The main purpose of this study was to investigate Taiwanese high school students' multi-dimensional self-efficacy and its sources in the domain of science. Two instruments, Sources of Science Learning Self-Efficacy (SSLSE) and Science Learning Self-Efficacy (SLSE), were used. By means of correlation and regression analyses, the relationships…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Self Efficacy, High School Students, Regression (Statistics)
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Oyoo, Samuel Ouma – Research in Science Education, 2017
Paul Leslie Gardner pioneered the study of student difficulties with everyday words presented in the science context (Gardner 1971); several similarly designed studies (e.g. Cassels and Johnstone 1985; Tao in "Research in Science Education," 24, 322-330, 1994; Farell and Ventura in "Language and Education," 12(4), 243-254,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Achievement, Outcomes of Education, High School Students
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Lee, Silvia Wen-Yu; Chang, Hsin-Yi; Wu, Hsin-Kai – Research in Science Education, 2017
The aim of this study was to examine the potential impact of the representational characteristics of models and students' educational levels on students' views of scientific models and modeling (VSMM). An online multimedia questionnaire was designed to address three major aspects of VSMM, namely the "nature of models," the "nature…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Grade 11, High School Students, Teaching Models
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Gresch, Helge; Hasselhorn, Marcus; Bögeholz, Susanne – Research in Science Education, 2017
Thoughtful decision-making to resolve socioscientific issues is central to science, technology, society, and environment (STSE) education. One approach for attaining this goal involves fostering students' decision-making processes. Thus, the present study explores whether the application of decision-making strategies, combined with reflections on…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Science Education, Science and Society, Reflection
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Bermudez, Gonzalo M.; Battistón, Luisina V.; García Capocasa, María C.; De Longhi, Ana L. – Research in Science Education, 2017
This study investigates the influence of school sector (private versus state schools) and student gender on knowledge of native fauna. Our main objectives were (a) to describe the knowledge of high school students from the province of Cordoba, Argentina with respect to native animal species, (b) to determine if any exotic species (introduced or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Knowledge Level, Animals
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Gogolin, Sarah; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2017
Students' understanding of models in science has been subject to a number of investigations. The instruments the researchers used are suitable for educational research but, due to their complexity, cannot be employed directly by teachers. This article presents forced choice (FC) tasks, which, assembled as a diagnostic instrument, are supposed to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Models, Knowledge Level
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Maeng, Jennifer L. – Research in Science Education, 2017
This qualitative investigation explored the beliefs and practices of one secondary science teacher, Diane, who differentiated instruction and studied how technology facilitated her differentiation. Diane was selected based on the results of a previous study, in which data indicated that Diane understood how to design and implement proactively…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Individualized Instruction, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Chen, Fu; Zhang, Shanshan; Guo, Yanfang; Xin, Tao – Research in Science Education, 2017
We used the Rule Space Model, a cognitive diagnostic model, to measure the learning progression for thermochemistry for senior high school students. We extracted five attributes and proposed their hierarchical relationships to model the construct of thermochemistry at four levels using a hypothesized learning progression. For this study, we…
Descriptors: Chemistry, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Correlation
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Martins, André Ferrer Pinto – Research in Science Education, 2016
The importance of knowledge about science is well established, and it has a long history in the area of science education. More recently, the specialized literature has highlighted the search for consensus in relation to what should be taught in this regard, that is, what should compose the science curricula of elementary and high school levels.…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Education, Science Curriculum, Criticism
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