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Billingsley, Berry; Nassaji, Mehdi – Science & Education, 2019
There are widespread calls for school education to put more emphasis on developing students' appreciation of the power and limitations of science. Without effective teaching, there is a risk that sensationalist media claims will unduly influence students' perceptions of the power of science to already explain and predict aspects of our daily…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Student Characteristics
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Flynn, Simon; Hardman, Mark – Science & Education, 2019
In recent years, researchers within science education have started to consider the impact of narrative upon teaching and learning in science. This article investigates the possibilities of interactive fiction as a means by which students can be provided with feedback on their understanding in science, and explores the mechanisms which might allow…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Fiction, Books
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Herman, Benjamin C.; Owens, David C.; Oertli, Robert T.; Zangori, Laura A.; Newton, Mark H. – Science & Education, 2019
In addition to considering sociocultural, political, economic, and ethical factors (to name a few), effectively engaging socioscientific issues (SSI) requires that students understand and apply scientific explanations and the nature of science (NOS). Promoting such understandings can be achieved through immersing students in authentic real-world…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science and Society, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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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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Cofré, Hernán; Núñez, Paola; Santibáñez, David; Pavez, José M.; Valencia, Martina; Vergara, Claudia – Science & Education, 2019
There is widespread agreement that an adequate understanding of the nature of science (NOS) is a critical component of scientific literacy and a major goal in science education. However, we still do not know many specific details regarding how students and teachers learn particular aspects of NOS and what are the most important feature traits of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers
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Pierson, Ashlyn E.; Clark, Douglas B. – Science & Education, 2019
In light of recent emphasis on K-12 scientific modeling (e.g., Duschl et al. 2007, "Taking science to school: learning and teaching science in grades K-8"; Lehrer and Schauble 2015, "Handbook of child psychology and developmental science"; NRC 2012, "A framework for K-12 science education: practices, crosscutting concepts,…
Descriptors: Modeling (Psychology), Scientific Concepts, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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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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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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Haglund, Jesper – Science & Education, 2017
Entropy is often introduced to students through the use of the disorder metaphor. However, many weaknesses and limitations of this metaphor have been identified, and it has therefore been argued that it is more harmful than useful in teaching. For instance, under the influence of the disorder metaphor, students tend to focus on spatial…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Figurative Language, Language Usage, Misconceptions
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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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Kruse, Jerrid W.; Easter, Jaclyn M.; Edgerly, Hallie S.; Seebach, Colin; Patel, Neal – Science & Education, 2017
This study explored changes in preservice teachers' (PSTs) nature of science pedagogical (NOSP) views and nature of science (NOS) rationales using pre- and post-course written responses as well as interview data. Through systematic analysis, themes were generated and compared to the NOS literature. Comparisons between pre- and post-course data…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Pretests Posttests
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Kutluca, A. Y.; Aydin, A. – Science & Education, 2017
The study explored the changes in pre-service science teachers' understanding of the nature of science and their opinions about the nature of science, science teaching and argumentation after their participation in explicit nature of science (NOS) and socioscientific argumentation processes. The participants were 56 third-grade pre-service science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientific Principles
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Alpaslan, Muhammet Mustafa; Yalvac, Bugrahan; Loving, Cathleen – Science & Education, 2017
This case study explores students' physics-related personal epistemologies in school science practices. The school science practices of nine eleventh grade students in a physics class were audio-taped over 6 weeks. The students were also interviewed to find out their ideas on the nature of scientific knowledge after each activity. Analysis of…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Instruction, Physics, Epistemology
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Grinell, Smith; Rabin, Colette – Science & Education, 2017
The goal of this project was to motivate pre-service elementary teachers to commit to spending significant instructional time on science in their future classrooms despite their self-assessed lack of confidence about teaching science and other impediments (e.g., high-stakes testing practices that value other subjects over science). Pre-service…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Instruction, Methods Courses, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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