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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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Tsybulsky, Dina – Science & Education, 2018
The current study compared the effectiveness of two methods in biology teaching that are based on the science-as-inquiry approach: visits to authentic university laboratories (AULs) and analyzing adapted primary literature (APL). The methods' effectiveness was measured in terms of high-school students' increased understanding following a 6-week…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, High School Students, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Bratkovich, Meghan Odsliv – Science & Education, 2018
The work of science is a linguistic act. However, like history and philosophy of science, language has frequently been isolated from science content due to factors such as school departmentalization and narrow definitions of what it means to teach, know, and do science. This conceptual article seeks to recognize and recognize--to understand and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Course Content, Academic Standards, Language Usage
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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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Olson, Joanne K. – Science & Education, 2018
Understanding the nature of science (NOS) has long been a desired outcome of science education, despite ongoing disagreements about the content, structure, and focus of NOS expectations. Addressing the concern that teachers likely focus only on student learning expectations appearing in standards documents, this study examines the current state of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Standards, Scientific Principles, Cross Cultural Studies
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Xiao, Sihan; Sandoval, William A. – Science & Education, 2017
Science educators are typically dismayed by the failure of students to use relevant scientific knowledge when reasoning about socioscientific issues. Except for the well-documented association between having more knowledge about a topic and a tendency to use that knowledge, the influences on students' evaluation of information in socioscientific…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Scientific Attitudes, Evaluative Thinking, Science and Society
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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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Moreira-dos-Santos, Frederik; El-Hani, Charbel N. – Science & Education, 2017
This article discusses how to deal with the relations between different cultural perspectives in classrooms, based on a proposal for considering understanding and knowledge as goals of science education, inspired by Dewey's naturalistic humanism. It thus combines educational and philosophical interests. In educational terms, our concerns relate to…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Science Education, Humanistic Education, Science Teachers
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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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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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Korte, Stefan; Berger, Roland; Hänze, Martin – Science & Education, 2017
We assessed the impact of teaching methodological aspects of physics on students' scientistic beliefs and subject interest in physics in a repeated-measurement design with a total of 142 students of upper secondary physics classes. Students gained knowledge of methodological aspects from the pre-test to the post-test and reported reduced…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Physics, Science Instruction
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Archila, Pablo Antonio – Science & Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to use drama as a springboard for promoting argumentation among 91 first-semester undergraduate medical students (56 females and 35 males, 16-30 years old) in Colombia during a complete teaching-learning sequence (TLS) supervised by the same teacher. The drama used was the play "Should've," written by Nobel…
Descriptors: Drama, Science Education, Medical Students, Foreign Countries
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