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Ruppert, John; Duncan, Ravit Golan; Chinn, Clark A. – Research in Science Education, 2019
This study explores the role of domain-specific knowledge in students' modeling practice and how this knowledge interacts with two domain-general modeling strategies: use of evidence and developing a causal mechanism. We analyzed models made by middle school students who had a year of intensive model-based instruction. These models were made to…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Models, Middle School Students, Evidence
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Werner, Sonja; Förtsch, Christian; Boone, William; von Kotzebue, Lena; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – Research in Science Education, 2019
To obtain a general understanding of science, model use as part of National Education Standards is important for instruction. Model use can be characterized by three aspects: (1) the characteristics of the model, (2) the integration of the model into instruction, and (3) the use of models to foster scientific reasoning. However, there were no…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Models, Foreign Countries
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Jordens, J. Zoe; Zepke, Nick – Research in Science Education, 2019
Achieving quality in higher education is a complex task involving the interrelationship of many factors. The influence of the teacher is well established and has led to some general principles of good teaching. However, less is known about the extent that specific disciplines influence quality teaching. The purposes of the paper are to investigate…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Teacher Effectiveness, Science Instruction, Intellectual Disciplines
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Dorfner, Tobias; Förtsch, Christian; Boone, William; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – Research in Science Education, 2019
A number of studies on single instructional quality features have been reported for mathematics and science instruction. For summarizing single instructional quality features, researchers have created a model of three basic dimensions ("classroom management," "supportive climate," and "cognitive activation") of…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Educational Quality, Science Achievement
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Corpuz, Edgar De Guzman; Rebello, N. Sanjay – Research in Science Education, 2019
The first phase of this multiphase study involves modeling of college students' thinking of friction at the microscopic level. Diagnostic interviews were conducted with 11 students with different levels of physics backgrounds. A phenomenographic approach of data analysis was used to generate categories of responses which subsequently were used to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, College Students, Physics
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Krell, Moritz; Walzer, Christine; Hergert, Susann; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2019
As part of their professional competencies, science teachers need an elaborate meta-modelling knowledge as well as modelling skills in order to guide and monitor modelling practices of their students. However, qualitative studies about (pre-service) science teachers' modelling practices are rare. This study provides a category system which is…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Video Technology, Teaching Methods
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Kallery, Maria – Research in Science Education, 2018
In this paper, we present a professional development/upgrading programme in science for early-years teachers and investigate its impact on the teachers' competencies in relation to their knowledge and teaching of science. The basic idea of the programme was to motivate the teachers by making them members of an action research group aimed at…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Competencies
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Billingsley, Berry; Nassaji, Mehdi; Fraser, Sharon; Lawson, Finley – Research in Science Education, 2018
This paper gives the rationale and a draft outline for a framework for education to teach epistemic insight into schools in England. The motivation to research and propose a strategy to teach and assess epistemic insight followed research that investigated how students and teachers in primary and secondary schools respond to "big…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Models, Science Education, Sciences
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Reinisch, Bianca; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2018
In research on the nature of science, there is a need to investigate the role and status of different scientific knowledge forms. Theories and models are two of the most important knowledge forms within biology and are the focus of this study. During interviews, preservice biology teachers (N = 10) were asked about their understanding of theories…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Biology, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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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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Kokkonen, Tommi; Mäntylä, Terhi – Research in Science Education, 2018
One well-known learning obstacle is that students rarely use the concepts in the way that scientists use them. Rather, students mix up closely related concepts and are inclined towards matter-based conceptualisations. Furthermore, some researchers have argued that certain difficulties are rooted in the student's limited repertoire of causal…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Electronics, Scientific Concepts, Content Analysis
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Sung, Ji Young; Oh, Phil Seok – Research in Science Education, 2018
Recent science education reform initiatives suggest that learning in science should be organized on the basis of scientists' actual practices including the development and use of models. In line with this, the current study adapted three types of modeling practices to teach two Korean 6th grade science classes the causes of the Earth's seasons.…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Educational Change, Models, Foreign Countries
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Criswell, Brett A.; Rushton, Gregory T.; McDonald, Scott P.; Gul, Tugce – Research in Science Education, 2018
This paper describes a professional development model for developing science teacher leaders that has evolved and been refined through working with 16 high school chemistry and physics teachers in high-needs schools over the past 3 years. The theoretical framework draws upon Goodwin's notion of professional vision and Dempsey's four metaphors to…
Descriptors: Models, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers
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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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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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