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Christidou, Vasilia; Bonoti, Fotini; Kontopoulou, Argiro – Science & Education, 2016
This study explores American and Greek primary pupils' visual images of scientists by means of two nonverbal data collection tasks to identify possible convergences and divergences. Specifically, it aims to investigate whether their images of scientists vary according to the data collection instrument used and to gender. To this end, 91…
Descriptors: Scientists, Stereotypes, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Ergazaki, Marida; Alexaki, Aspa; Papadopoulou, Chrysa; Kalpakiori, Marieleni – Science & Education, 2014
This paper aims at exploring (a) whether preschoolers recognize that offspring share physical traits with their parents due to birth and behavioural ones due to nurture, and (b) whether they seem ready to explain shared physical traits with a "pre-biological" causal model that includes the contribution of both parents and a rudimentary…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Heredity, Genetics, Parents
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Panagiotou, Evangelos N. – Science & Education, 2014
Many papers have emphasized the need for and importance of particular examples and the underlying rationale for introducing a historical dimension in mathematics education. This article presents the development and implementation of a project, based on original sources, in a situation where the existing curriculum does not include history. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Cultural Awareness, History
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Tampakis, Konstantinos – Science & Education, 2013
In this paper, I describe the strong and reciprocal relations between the emergence of the specialized expert in the natural sciences and the establishment of science education, in early Modern Greece. Accordingly, I show how science and public education interacted within the Greek state from its inception in the early 1830, to the first decade of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Research, Educational Theories, Foreign Countries
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Rizaki, Aikaterini; Kokkotas, Panagiotis – Science & Education, 2013
The present study should be thought as a socioconstructivist teaching approach (a teaching model) for the concept of energy in primary education. It contains important and crucial aspects of the History and Philosophy of Natural Sciences, introduces the concept of energy using the macroscopic framework of thermodynamics, takes into consideration…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Natural Sciences, Thermodynamics, Teaching Models
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Tsaparlis, Georgios; Hartzavalos, Sotiris; Nakiboglu, Canan – Science & Education, 2013
Nuclear science has uses and applications that are relevant and crucial for world peace and sustainable development, so knowledge of its basic concepts and topics should constitute an integral part of civic scientific literacy. We have used two newspaper articles that deal with uses of nuclear science that are directly relevant to life, society,…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Physics, Newspapers
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Mergoupi-Savaidou, Eirini; Papanelopoulou, Faidra; Tzokas, Spyros – Science & Education, 2012
Based on our research on two Athenian daily newspapers for the first decade of the twentieth century, we present some historiographical reflections concerning the role of the daily press in the circulation of scientific knowledge, ideas and practices. From the wealth of material provided, we examine some of the ways in which scientific and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Newspapers, Research
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Vamvakeros, Xenofon; Pavlatou, Evangelia A.; Spyrellis, Nicolas – Science & Education, 2010
A survey exploring the views of scientists, chemists and chemical engineers, on current trends in Chemistry Education was conducted in Greece. Their opinions were investigated using a questionnaire focusing on curricula (the content and process of chemistry teaching and learning), as well as on the respondents' general educational beliefs and…
Descriptors: Surveys, Constructivism (Learning), Science Education, Science Curriculum
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Dedes, Christos; Ravanis, Konstantinos – Science & Education, 2009
This study investigates the effectiveness of a teaching conflict procedure whose purpose was the transformation of the representations of 12-16-year-old pupils in Greece concerning light emission and shadow formation by extended light sources. The changes observed during the children's effort to destabilize and reorganise their representations…
Descriptors: Optics, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Lighting
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Tselfes, Vasilis; Paroussi, Antigoni – Science & Education, 2009
There is, in Greece, an ongoing attempt to breach the boundaries established between the different teaching-learning subjects of compulsory education. In this context, we are interested in exploring to what degree the teaching and learning of ideas from the sciences' "internal life" (Hacking, in: Pickering (ed) "Science as practice…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries
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Kokkotas, Panos; Piliouras, Panagiotis; Malamitsa, Katerina; Stamoulis, Efthymios – Science & Education, 2009
Our paper presents an in-service primary school teachers' training program which is based on the idea that the history of science can play a vital role in promoting the learning of physics. This training program has been developed in the context of Comenius 2.1 which is a European Union program. This program that we have developed in the…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Physics, Teaching Methods, Program Implementation
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Malamitsa, Katerina; Kasoutas, Michael; Kokkotas, Panagiotis – Science & Education, 2009
In this paper, the development of sixth grade students' critical thinking skills in science courses is discussed relatively to the contribution of the integration of aspects of History of Science into instruction. Towards this direction a project on electromagnetism was designed and implemented aiming to engage primary school students in a…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Critical Thinking, Grade 6
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Develaki, Maria – Science & Education, 2008
In view of the complex problems of this age, the question of the socio-ethical dimension of science acquires particular importance. We approach this matter from a philosophical and sociological standpoint, looking at such focal concerns as the motivation, purposes and methods of scientific activity, the ambivalence of scientific research and the…
Descriptors: Risk, Natural Sciences, Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Tampakis, Constantin; Skordoulis, Constantin – Science & Education, 2007
In this work, our goal is to examine the attitude of the Greek scientific community towards Quantum Mechanics and establish the history of teaching of this theory in Greece. We have examined Physics textbooks written by professors of the University of Athens, as well as records of public speeches, university yearbooks from 1923 to 1970, articles…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Encyclopedias
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Koliopoulos, Dimitris; Constantinou, Costas – Science & Education, 2005
When we refer to scientific knowledge, we, implicitly or explicitly, refer to its three components, namely its conceptual framework, its methodological principles and its cultural aspects. The pendulum is a topic of science teaching and learning where all three of these aspects can be examined with the aim of gaining a holistic appreciation of the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Textbooks, Physical Sciences, Foreign Countries