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Dunlop, Lynda; Veneu, Fernanda – Science & Education, 2019
Controversies in science are an essential feature of scientific practice: defined here as current problems that are unresolved because there are no accepted procedures by which they can be resolved or there are differing assumptions that affect the interpretation of evidence. Although there has been much attention in science education literature…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Science and Society
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Oh, Phil Seok – Science & Education, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate the features of modeling-based abductive reasoning as a disciplinary practice of inquiry in the domain of earth science. The study was based on an undergraduate course of a university of education, Korea, offered for preservice elementary teachers majoring in science as their specialty. The course…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Logical Thinking, Inquiry, Science Process Skills
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Caiman, Cecilia; Jakobson, Britt – Science & Education, 2019
The aim of this study was to examine the role of aesthetic practice in elementary school and the consequences for children's meaning-making in science. More specifically, we intended to scrutinise what science learning emerges within the process, to target the consequences of adopting art practice in science class and to explore these two…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Aesthetics, Teaching Methods
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Yeh, Yi-Fen; Erduran, Sibel; Hsu, Ying-Shao – Science & Education, 2019
The article focuses on the analysis of curriculum documents from Taiwan to investigate how benchmarks for learning nature of science (NOS) are positioned in different versions of the science curricula. Following a review of different approaches to the conceptualization of NOS and the role of NOS in promoting scientific literacy, an empirical study…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction
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Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Angell, Carl; Vistnes, Arnt Inge; Bungum, Berit – Science & Education, 2018
Quantum physics describes light as having both particle and wave properties; however, there is no consensus about how to interpret this duality on an ontological level. This article explores how pre-university physics students, while working with learning material focusing on historical-philosophical aspects of quantum physics, interpreted the…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Knowledge Level
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Wan, Dongsheng; Zhang, Hongshia; Wei, Bing – Science & Education, 2018
This study examines Chinese pre-service teachers' (N = 30) views on the nature of science (NOS) and how Chinese culture influences their views. Participants were from two teachers' universities in eastern China. As an exploratory and interpretive study, a scenario-based interview approach was adopted. The results indicated that the participants…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles
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Gandolfi, Haira Emanuela – Science & Education, 2018
This article presents the results of an exploratory study of students' knowledge about scientists and countries' contributions to science, aiming at answering two research questions: "In which ways are students aware of the history of scientific development carried out by different people in different places of the world? What can be…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science History, Science Instruction
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Godec, Spela; King, Heather; Archer, Louise; Dawson, Emily; Seakins, Amy – Science & Education, 2018
Student engagement with science is a long-standing, central interest within science education research. In this article, we examine student engagement with science using a Bourdiusian lens, placing a particular emphasis on the notion of field. Over the course of one academic year, we collected data in an inner London secondary science classroom…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Science Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes
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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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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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Pribyl, Jirí; Eisenmann, Petr; Guncaga, Ján – Science & Education, 2018
This article describes two heuristic strategies for problem solving: the "use of false assumption" strategy and the "use of double false assumption" strategy. Both of these strategies have their roots deep in history. In this article, we define these two strategies and illustrate their use in a problem developed by Frances…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Foreign Countries
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Ideland, Malin – Science & Education, 2018
This article aims to analyze how science is discursively attached to certain parts of the world and certain "kinds of people," i.e., how scientific knowledge is culturally connected to the West and to whiteness. In focus is how the power technology of coloniality organizes scientific content in textbooks as well as how science students…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Practices, Foreign Policy, Whites
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Nyléhn, Jorun; Ødegaard, Marianne – Science & Education, 2018
The nature of science (NOS) is a primary goal in school science. Most teachers are not well-prepared for teaching NOS, but a sophisticated and in-depth understanding of NOS is necessary for effective teaching. Some authors emphasize the need for teaching NOS in context. Species, a central concept in biology, is proposed in this article as a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Textbooks, Science Instruction
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Héraud, Jean-Loup; Lautesse, Philippe; Ferlin, Fabrice; Chabot, Hugues – Science & Education, 2017
Our work extends a previous study of epistemological presuppositions in teaching quantum physics in upper scientific secondary school in France. Here, the problematic reference of quantum theory's concepts is treated at the ontological level (the counterintuitive nature of quantum objects). We consider the approach of using narratives describing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction
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Haglund, Jesper; Hultén, Magnus – Science & Education, 2017
The aim of this study is to contribute to an understanding of how curricular change is accomplished in practice, including the positions and conflicts of key stakeholders and participants, and their actions in the process. As a case, we study the treatment of energy in Swedish secondary curricula in the period 1962-2011 and, in particular, how the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Educational Change, Science Curriculum
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