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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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Gulacar, Ozcan; Sinan, Olcay; Bowman, Charles R.; Yildirim, Yetkin – Research in Science Education, 2015
A study is presented that explores how students' knowledge structures, as related to the scientific method, compare at different student ages. A word association test comprised of ten total stimulus words, among them "experiment," "science fair," and "hypothesis," is used to probe the students' knowledge structures.…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Science Education, Word Lists, Stimuli
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Kier, Meredith W.; Blanchard, Margaret R.; Osborne, Jason W.; Albert, Jennifer L. – Research in Science Education, 2014
Internationally, efforts to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers have been on the rise. It is often the goal of such efforts that increased interest in STEM careers should stimulate economic growth and enhance innovation. Scientific and educational organizations recommend that efforts to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Vijapurkar, Jyotsna; Kawalkar, Aisha; Nambiar, Priya – Research in Science Education, 2014
In our explorations of students' concepts in an inquiry science classroom with grade 6 students from urban schools in India, we uncovered a variety of problems in their understanding of biological cells as structural and functional units of living organisms. In particular, we found not only that they visualised the cell as a two-dimensional (2-D)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cytology, Urban Schools, Inquiry