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Liampa, Vasiliki; Malandrakis, George N.; Papadopoulou, Penelope; Pnevmatikos, Dimitrios – Research in Science Education, 2019
This study focused on the development and validation of a three-tier multiple-choice diagnostic instrument about the ecological footprint. Each question in the three-tier test comprised by; (a) the content tier, assessing content knowledge; (b) the reason tier, assessing explanatory knowledge; and (c) the confidence tier that differentiates lack…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Multiple Choice Tests, Ecology
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de Andrade, Vanessa; Freire, Sofia; Baptista, Mónica – Research in Science Education, 2019
This article describes a system of analysis aimed at characterizing students' scientific explanations. Science education literature and reform documents have been highlighting the importance of scientific explanations for students' conceptual understanding and for their understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge. Nevertheless, and despite…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Knowledge Level, Student Attitudes
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Ferreira, Annalize; Lemmer, Miriam; Gunstone, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2019
While a vast body of research has identified difficulties in students' understanding about forces and acceleration and their related alternative conceptions, far less research suggests ways to use students' alternative conceptions to enhance conceptual understanding of a specific fundamental concept. This study focused on distinguishing between…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Fundamental Concepts
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Gomes, Judith; Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2019
There are a growing number of studies that have examined science learning for preschool children. Some research has looked into children's home experiences and some has focused on transition, practices, routines, and traditions in preschool contexts. However, little attention has been directed to the relationship between children's learning…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Science Education, Learning Experience
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Opitz, S. T.; Neumann, K.; Bernholt, S.; Harms, U. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Energy is considered both as a disciplinary core idea and as a concept cutting across science disciplines. Most previous approaches studied progressing energy understanding in specific disciplinary contexts, while disregarding the relation of understanding across them. Hence, this study provides a systematic analysis of cross-disciplinary energy…
Descriptors: Energy, Scientific Concepts, Biology, Chemistry
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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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Román, Diego; del Rosal, Karla; Basaraba, Deni – Research in Science Education, 2019
Informal formative assessments (IFAs) are classroom interactions teachers use to gather information about their students' learning, interpret it, and act on this information to achieve academic goals. One of the responses science teachers can enact as the result of IFA is constructing explanations to clarify science concepts to their students.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Formative Evaluation, Learning Processes
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Marzabal, Ainoa; Merino, Cristian; Moreira, Patricia; Delgado, Virginia – Research in Science Education, 2019
One of the core practices of science teachers is the construction of science teaching explanations. These explanations serve to clarify concepts, procedures, facts, ideas, or types of problems, and are aimed at promoting student understanding. The low performance of Chilean science teachers on explanations has led us to incorporate instances in…
Descriptors: Science Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Chemistry
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Cabello, Valeria M.; Real, Constanza; Impedovo, Maria Antonietta – Research in Science Education, 2019
Constructing explanations of scientific concepts is one of the most frequent strategies used in the science classroom and is a high-leverage teaching practice. This study analysed the explanations provided by student teachers in STEM areas from a socio-materiality perspective focused on verbal and nonverbal language and representations. The study…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Second Language Learning, Graphs, Teaching Methods
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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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Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2019
Eminent scientists, like Einstein, worked with theoretical contradiction, thought experiments, mental models and visualisation--all characteristics of children's play. Supporting children's play is a strength of early childhood teachers. Promising research shows a link between imagination in science and imagination in play. A case study of 3…
Descriptors: Play, Science Instruction, Young Children, Imagination
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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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Bitting, Kelsey S.; McCartney, Marsha J.; Denning, Kathy R.; Roberts, Jennifer A. – Research in Science Education, 2018
Virtual globe programs such as Google Earth replicate real-world experiential learning of spatial and geographic concepts by allowing students to navigate across our planet without ever leaving campus. However, empirical evidence for the learning value of these technological tools and the experience students gain by exploration assignments framed…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Pretests Posttests, Gender Differences, Ethnicity
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Dotger, Benjamin; Dotger, Sharon; Masingila, Joanna; Rozelle, Jeffrey; Bearkland, Mary; Binnert, Ashley – Research in Science Education, 2018
Teachers and students struggle with the complexities surrounding the evolution of species and the process of natural selection. This article examines how science teacher candidates (STCs) engage in a clinical simulation that foregrounds two common challenges associated with natural selection--students' understanding of "survival of the…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Simulation
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Podschuweit, Sören; Bernholt, Sascha – Research in Science Education, 2018
Context-based learning has become a widespread approach in science education. While positive motivational effects of such approaches have been well established empirically, clear results regarding cognitive aspects of students' learning are still missing. In this article, we argue that this circumstance might be mainly rooted in the definition of…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Intervention
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