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Gray, Kathryn L.; Fouad, Khadija E. – Science & Education, 2019
This study examines the use of an explicit, reflective method for teaching the difference and relationship between scientific theories and laws to ninth-grade students. Students reflected individually and then as a whole class on theories and laws using a Venn diagram, both before and after reading short articles describing features of theories…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Visual Aids
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Michel, Hanno; Neumann, Irene – Science & Education, 2016
Besides viewing knowledge about the nature of science (NOS) as important for its own value with respect to scientific literacy, an adequate understanding of NOS is expected to improve science content learning by fostering the ability to interrelate scientific concepts and, thus, coherently acquire scientific content knowledge. However, there is a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Grade 6, Grade 7, Energy
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Galili, Igal; Bar, Varda; Brosh, Yaffa – Science & Education, 2016
This study deals with the school instruction of the concept of weight. The historical review reveals the major steps in changing weight definition reflecting the epistemological changes in physics. The latest change drawing on the operation of "weighing" has been not widely copied into physics education. We compared the older instruction…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Physics, Teaching Methods
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Radtka, Catherine – Science & Education, 2015
This paper examines physics and mathematics textbooks published in France at the end of the 1950s and at the beginning of the 1960s for children aged 11-15 years old. It argues that at this "middle school" level, textbooks contributed to shape cultural representations of both disciplines and their mutual boundaries through their contents…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Textbooks, Educational History
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Henke, Andreas; Höttecke, Dietmar – Science & Education, 2015
The inclusion of the history and philosophy of science (HPS) in science teaching is widely accepted, but the actual state of implementation in schools is still poor. This article investigates possible reasons for this discrepancy. The demands science teachers associate with HPS-based teaching play an important role, since these determine teachers'…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Science History, Philosophy
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Schiffer, Hermann; Guerra, Andreia – Science & Education, 2015
Seeking a historical-philosophical approach to science teaching, narrative texts have been used as pedagogical tools to improve the learning experience of students. A review of the literature of different types of narrative texts and their different rates of effectiveness in science education is presented. This study was developed using the…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science History, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Gericke, Niklas M.; Hagberg, Mariana; dos Santos, Vanessa Carvalho; Joaquim, Leyla Mariane; El-Hani, Charbel N. – Science & Education, 2014
The aim of this paper is to investigate in a systematic and comparative way previous results of independent studies on the treatment of genes and gene function in high school textbooks from six different countries. We analyze how the conceptual variation within the scientific domain of Genetics regarding gene function models and gene concepts is…
Descriptors: Textbook Content, Textbooks, High Schools, Genetics
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Alpaslan, Mustafa; Isiksal, Mine; Haser, Çigdem – Science & Education, 2014
This study examined pre-service mathematics teachers' knowledge of history of mathematics and their attitudes and beliefs towards using history of mathematics in mathematics education based on year level in teacher education program and gender. The sample included 1,593 freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior pre-service middle school (grades 4-8)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Park, Hyeran; Nielsen, Wendy; Woodruff, Earl – Science & Education, 2014
This study examined and compared students' understanding of nature of science (NOS) with 521 Grade 8 Canadian and Korean students using a mixed methods approach. The concepts of NOS were measured using a survey that had both quantitative and qualitative elements. Descriptive statistics and one-way multivariate analysis of variances examined the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles, Middle School Students
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Dibattista, Liborio; Morgese, Francesca – Science & Education, 2013
For quite some time, many EU and Italian Ministry of Education official documents have warmly suggested the introduction of the history and the philosophy of science in the teaching of science disciplines at school. Accordingly, there is a shared agreement between pedagogists and science historians about the efficacy of this approach towards an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Classrooms
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Barrue, Catherine; Albe, Virginie – Science & Education, 2013
The educative goal of citizenship education through science education converges to the declared purpose of the SSI research movement. Socioscientific issues formulated in science education research covering topics as biotechnology, environmental issues, sustainable development, energy choices, have been introduced in French Middle Schools. But…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Science Education, Science and Society, Middle School Teachers