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Chu, Yu-Chien; Reid, Norman – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background: A wide range of studies has offered suggestions why genetics is difficult and some of their key findings are summarised. Underpinning all of this is the way the brain works when handling information. The limitations of working memory capacity offer an interpretation of these difficulties. Purpose: The aim is to confirm that working…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Association Measures
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Zare, Mohsen Nazarzadeh; Dorrani, Kamal; Lavasani, Masoud Gholamali – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background and purpose: This study examines the views of farmers and extension agents participating in extension education courses in Dezful, Iran, with regard to problems with these courses. It relies upon a descriptive methodology, using a survey as its instrument. Sample: The statistical population consisted of 5060 farmers and 50 extension…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Logical Thinking, Agricultural Education, Extension Education
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Rahayu, Sri; Treagust, David F.; Chandrasegaran, A. L.; Kita, Masakazu; Ibnu, Suhadi – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
Background and purpose: This study investigated Indonesian and Japanese senior high-school students' understanding of electrochemistry concepts. Sample: The questionnaire was administered to 244 Indonesian and 189 Japanese public senior high-school students. Design and methods: An 18-item multiple-choice questionnaire relating to five conceptual…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis
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Lefkos, Ioannis; Psillos, Dimitris; Hatzikraniotis, Euripides – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
Background and purpose: The aim of this study was to explore the effect of investigative activities with manipulations in a virtual laboratory on students' ability to design experiments. Sample: Fourteen students in a lower secondary school in Greece attended a teaching sequence on thermal phenomena based on the use of information and…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Science Laboratories, Foreign Countries, Scores
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Cobern, William W.; Schuster, David; Adams, Betty; Applegate, Brooks; Skjold, Brandy; Undreiu, Adriana; Loving, Cathleen C.; Gobert, Janice D. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
There are continuing educational and political debates about "inquiry" versus "direct" teaching of science. Traditional science instruction has been largely direct but in the US, recent national and state science education standards advocate inquiry throughout K-12 education. While inquiry-based instruction has the advantage of modelling aspects…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Conventional Instruction, Inquiry
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Ong, Eng Tek; Ruthven, Kenneth – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
A recent reform initiative in the Malaysian educational system has sought to develop "Smart schools", intended to better prepare students for adult life in a developing economy and to increase the flow of young people prepared for scientific and technological careers. The study reported in this paper examined lower-secondary science…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Observation, Science Process Skills, Science Instruction
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Coll, Richard K.; Dahsah, Chanyah; Faikhamta, Chatree – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
The literature is replete with studies about the importance of context in relation to teaching and learning. Major international studies such as PISA, among others, attempt to develop an understanding of achievement in science learning in a variety of educational contexts. Here we explore the influence of educational context itself on science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Environment, Context Effect, Science Education
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St Clair-Thompson, Helen; Overton, Tina; Botton, Chris – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
The current review is concerned with an information processing model used in science education. The purpose is to summarise the current theoretical understanding, in published research, of a number of factors that are known to influence learning and achievement. These include field independence, working memory, long-term memory, and the use of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Models, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style
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St. Clair-Thompson, H. L.; Botton, C. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
Research in science education has referred to limitations in information processing resulting from both mental capacity and working memory capacity. Mental capacity is often conceptualised within the framework of the theory of constructive operators. However, the cognitive resources underlying working memory are not well specified within the…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Short Term Memory, Information Processing, Science Education
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Campbell, Alison; Kunnemeyer, Rainer; Prinsep, Michele R. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This paper presents staff perceptions of higher education science and engineering learning communities derived from a cross-case analysis of four case studies across the New Zealand university and polytechnic sectors. First we report staff expectations and experiences in terms of infrastructure and resources, and their own careers. Staff…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries, Skill Development
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Coll, Richard K.; Eames, Chris – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This article sets the scene for this special issue of "Research in Science & Technological Education", dedicated to understanding higher education science and engineering learning communities. We examine what the literature has to say about the nature of, and factors influencing, higher education learning communities. A discussion of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Technology Education, Communities of Practice, Literature Reviews
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Laoui, Tahar; O'Donoghue, John – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This paper is based on the experience acquired in teaching materials science/engineering to first year university students. It has been observed that students struggle with some of the fundamental materials concepts addressed in the module/course. This applies to delivered lectures but extends to the incorporation of tutorial sessions provided…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Engineering Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Fundamental Concepts
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Thurston, A.; Topping, K. J.; Christie, D.; Donaldson, C.; Howe, C. J.; Jessiman, E.; Livingston, K.; Tolmie, A. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This study investigated the effects of collaborative group work skills training on pupil attainment in science. Twenty-four experimental classes were drawn from schools in rural and urban settings. Pupils in experimental classrooms engaged in general group work skills training and two structured group work activities in science. Attainment was…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Job Skills, Rural Urban Differences, Achievement Gains
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Hassan, Ghali – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The main purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that might be associated with students' attitudes towards science. The participants were 1745 students from secondary schools and universities across Australia. The results of factor analysis, descriptive statistics, Tukey's post hoc test and correlation analysis demonstrate that there…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis, Correlation, Foreign Countries
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Papageorgiou, George; Johnson, Philip; Fotiades, Fotis – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This paper reports the findings of a study exploring the use of a software package to help pupils understand particulate explanations for melting and evaporation below boiling point. Two matched classes in a primary school in Greece (ages 11-12, n = 16 and 19) were involved in a short intervention of six one hour lessons. Covering the same…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Computer Software, Foreign Countries, Scientific Concepts
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