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Cardoso, Alexandra; Ribeiro, Tiago; Vasconcelos, Clara – Science & Education, 2018
This article studies the conceptions of the interior of the Earth held by Portuguese elementary school children and senior citizens. Several studies were conducted regarding conceptions related to Earth sciences, such as rocks, minerals, earthquakes geological time, and Earth structure. Most of these studies involved students enrolled in…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Elementary School Students, Earth Science, Freehand Drawing
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Galamba, Arthur – Science & Education, 2016
Not surprisingly historical studies have suggested that there is a distance between concepts of teaching methods, their interpretations and their actual use in the classroom. This issue, however, is not always pitched to the personal level in historical studies, which may provide an alternative insight on how teachers conceptualise and engage with…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation
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Faria, Cláudia; Guilherme, Elsa; Gaspar, Raquel; Boaventura, Diana – Science & Education, 2015
The activities presented in this paper, which are addressed to elementary school, are focused on the pioneering work of the Portuguese King Carlos I in oceanography and involve the exploration of the exhibits belonging to two different science museums, the Aquarium Vasco da Gama and the Maritime Museum. Students were asked to study fish…
Descriptors: Museums, Science Education History, Science Education, Elementary School Science
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Lourenço, Marta C.; Gessner, Samuel – Science & Education, 2014
Historians of science have recently become increasingly involved with collections and scientific instruments. This creates opportunities for a more significant role of history in museums of science, as well as more meaningful and contextualized exhibitions and educational programmes. However, complementing the mainstream focus on universal…
Descriptors: Science History, Museums, Science Education, Exhibits
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Galamba, Arthur – Science & Education, 2013
This paper scrutinizes the contribution of Romulo de Carvalho to the development of the Portuguese science curriculum, arguing that it was critically informed by his lifetime inclination to the humanities. It focuses on a particular historical event: the 1948 chemistry programme for the secondary school "Liceus". The paper briefly…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Educational Policy, Science History
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Galamba, Arthur – Science & Education, 2013
This article provides an account of Rómulo de Carvalho's most prominent works on the popularization of science during the Salazarist regime in Portugal. Carvalho has been praised for his "unique" writing style, for his uncommon ability to communicate scientific knowledge with clarity to a wide audience: he wrote to teachers, to secondary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Humanism, Technical Writing
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Ribeiro, Marcos Antonio Pinto; Pereira, Duarte Costa – Science & Education, 2013
Maybe the most difficult aspect of thinking about chemistry arises from the fact that chemistry isn't an homogeneous subject. As a central science, it draws on a range of philosophical perspectives which in turn can result in different cognitive, learning and teaching styles in chemical education. This idea, apparently non-controversial, needs to…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Science Curriculum
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Simoes, Ana; Carneiro, Ana; Diogo, Maria Paula – Science & Education, 2012
This paper brings together science communicated in newspapers in Portugal by looking at how news on natural events were communicated in two different newspapers--the capital newspaper "Diario de Noticias" ("Daily News") and the "Diario dos Acores" ("Azores Daily"). In particular, we look at how the 1900…
Descriptors: Seismology, Journalism, Foreign Countries, Newspapers
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Faria, Claudia; Pereira, Goncalo; Chagas, Isabel – Science & Education, 2012
The activities presented in this paper are part of a wider project that investigates the effects of infusing the history of science in science teaching, toward students' learning and attitude. Focused on the work of D. Carlos de Braganca, King of Portugal from 1889 to 1908, and a pioneer oceanographer, the activities are addressed at the secondary…
Descriptors: Science History, Scientists, Oceanography, Science Education
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Carolino, Luis Miguel – Science & Education, 2012
This paper focuses on the astronomy teaching at the Lisbon Polytechnic School and its role in building a modern technoscientific state in Portugal during the nineteenth century. It examines particularly the case of Filipe Folque, who taught astronomy and geodesy at the Lisbon Polytechnic from 1837 to 1856, and played a pivotal role in the geodetic…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Educational History, Astronomy, Foreign Countries
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Carneiro, Ana; Diogo, Maria Paula; Simoes, Ana – Science & Education, 2006
In this paper, we analyse the aims, contents and impact of Seabra's two-volume textbook--"Elementos de Chimica" ("Elements of Chemistry")--published in 1788 and 1790. Seabra's "Elements of Chemistry" does not conform to the characteristics usually ascribed to textbooks by traditional historiography, and in particular…
Descriptors: Historiography, Textbooks, Chemistry, Foreign Countries