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Alameh, Sahar; Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad – Science & Education, 2018
Stemming from the realization of the importance of the role of explanation in the science classroom, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) call for appropriately supporting students to learn science, argue from evidence, and provide explanations. Despite the ongoing emphasis on explanations in the science classroom, there…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods
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Ampatzidis, Georgios; Ergazaki, Marida – Science & Education, 2018
This article reports on the theoretical output of a design research study, which concerns the design of a learning environment (LE) for helping students challenge the 'balance of nature'-idea and reach an up-to-date understanding about ecosystems' contingency. Our focus is set on whether it is feasible to articulate an empirically tested theory of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Ecology, Natural Resources, Models
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Aguiar, Orlando; Sevian, Hannah; El-Hani, Charbel N. – Science & Education, 2018
In this article, we draw upon the Conceptual Profile Theory to discuss the negotiation of meanings related to the energy concept in an 11th grade physics classroom. This theory is based on the heterogeneity of verbal thinking, that is, on the idea that any individual or society does not represent concepts in a single way. According to this…
Descriptors: Energy, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Brock, Richard – Science & Education, 2018
The conceptualisation of knowledge as justified true belief has been shown to be, at the very least, an incomplete account. One challenge to the justified true belief model arises from the proposition of situations in which a person possesses a belief that is both justified and true which some philosophers intuit should not be classified as…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Attitudes, Epistemology, Concept Formation
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Kersting, Magdalena; Steier, Rolf – Science & Education, 2018
According to general relativity (GR), we live in a four-dimensional curved universe. Since the human mind cannot visualize those four dimensions, a popular analogy compares the universe to a two-dimensional rubber sheet distorted by massive objects. This analogy is often used when teaching GR to upper secondary and undergraduate physics students.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Online Courses
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García-Carmona, Antonio; Acevedo-Díaz, José Antonio – Science & Education, 2017
This article presents a qualitative study, descriptive-interpretive in profile, of the effectiveness in learning about the nature of science (NOS) of an activity relating to the historical controversy between Pasteur and Liebig on fermentation. The activity was implemented during a course for pre-service secondary science teachers (PSSTs)…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientists, Scientific Concepts, Qualitative Research
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Rizos, Ioannis; Patronis, Anastasios; Lappas, Dionyssios – Science & Education, 2017
In this paper, we analyze two episodes from an inquiry-based didactical research; the complete analysis of our research data is still ongoing. By taking into consideration various developments from the history of the geometry of space-time, our general aim is to explore high school students' conceptions about measurement of length and time in…
Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Intuition, High School Students
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Kokkonen, Tommi – Science & Education, 2017
Model-based learning (MBL) has an established position within science education. It has been found to enhance conceptual understanding and provide a way for engaging students in authentic scientific activity. Despite ample research, few studies have examined the cognitive processes regarding learning scientific concepts within MBL. On the other…
Descriptors: Models, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Cognitive Processes
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Haskel-Ittah, Michal; Yarden, Anat – Science & Education, 2017
Previous studies have shown that students often ignore molecular mechanisms when describing genetic phenomena. Specifically, students tend to directly link genes to their encoded traits, ignoring the role of proteins as mediators in this process. We tested the ability of 10th grade students to connect genes to traits through proteins, using…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Genetics, Grade 10, Secondary School Science
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Tümay, Halil – Science & Education, 2016
Philosophical debates about chemistry have clarified that the issue of emergence plays a critical role in the epistemology and ontology of chemistry. In this article, it is argued that the issue of emergence has also significant implications for understanding learning difficulties and finding ways of addressing them in chemistry. Particularly, it…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Scientific Concepts
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Cheong, Yong Wook – Science & Education, 2016
An ontological causal relation is a quantified relation between certain interactions and changes in corresponding properties. Key ideas in physics, such as Newton's second law and the first law of thermodynamics, are representative examples of these relations. In connection with the teaching and learning of these relations, this study investigated…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Bryce, T. G.; Blown, E. J. – Science & Education, 2016
This article notes the convergence of recent thinking in neuroscience and grounded cognition regarding the way we understand mental representation and recollection: ideas are dynamic and multi-modal, actively created at the point of recall. Also, neurophysiologically, re-entrant signalling among cortical circuits allows non-conscious processing to…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Concept Formation, Knowledge Representation, Cognitive Processes
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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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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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Sandoval, William A.; Redman, Elizabeth H. – Science & Education, 2015
Practicing scientists' views of science recently have become a topic of interest to nature of science researchers. Using an interview protocol developed by Carey and Smith that assumes respondents' views cohere into a single belief system, we asked 15 research chemists to discuss their views of theories and experimentation. Respondents expressed a…
Descriptors: Scientists, Scientific Attitudes, Science Process Skills, Scientific Methodology
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