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Fensham, Peter J. – Science Education, 2009
Policy has been a much neglected area for research in science education. In their neglect of policy studies, researchers have maintained an ongoing naivete about the politics of science education. In doing so, they often overestimate the implications of their research findings about practice and ignore the interplay between the stakeholders beyond…
Descriptors: Science Education, Role Perception, Theory Practice Relationship, Politics of Education
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Francis, Claire; And Others – Science Education, 1993
Presents the results of a questionnaire given to 563 elementary students to study their ideas of actions that would reduce the greenhouse effect. Most of the children (87%) appreciated that planting trees would help reduce global warming. During interviews it was discovered that children were confused between the greenhouse effect and ozone layer…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Education, Global Warming, Greenhouse Effect
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Rubba, Peter A.; Harkness, William L. – Science Education, 1993
Results of a multiple choice instrument, (sample of convenience, n=45 education students), indicate that preservice and inservice science teachers had similar views. Views are classified as "Naive,""Has Merit," and "Realistic." The majority (79%) of the inservice teachers and the largest percentage of the preservice…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Technology, High Schools, Higher Education
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Hulland, C.; Munby, H. – Science Education, 1994
Posner's theory of conceptual change forms the background for this study which focuses upon conceptual ecology, specifically upon the heuristics children appear to employ in sense-making. The study focuses upon two children who demonstrate remarkably different sense-making heuristics; a recognizably scientific one and one that involves the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Educational Research, Heuristics, Metaphors
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Boisvert, D. L.; Slez, B. J. – Science Education, 1994
An analysis of interactions between 154 visitors to a science museum revealed significant differences between age group and the holding power of exhibits. No significant differences were found for gender or social grouping and attraction, holding power, and engagement levels. (PR)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Museums, Science Education
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Bar, Varda; And Others – Science Education, 1994
Reports the results of various concepts held by children of different ages dealing with weight, heaviness, gravity, and force. (PR)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Force, Gravity (Physics)
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Fischer, Hans Ernst; von Aufschnaiter, Stephan – Science Education, 1993
Reviews four hypotheses about learning: Comenius's transmission-reception theory, information processing theory, Gestalt theory, and Piagetian theory. Uses the categories preunderstanding, conceptual change, and learning processes to classify and assess investigations on learning processes. (PR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Philosophy, Educational Research
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Grimellini-Tomasini, N.; And Others – Science Education, 1993
Reviews research on student learning about collisions in physics instruction. Focus is placed on the main differences between the spontaneous perspective in describing/interpreting collisions and the disciplinary perspective based upon the energy and linear momentum conservation laws. (PR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Educational Research, Energy, High Schools
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Ross, Katharyn E. K.; Shuell, Thomas J. – Science Education, 1993
Summarizes the results of three related studies whose overall purpose was to determine elementary students' conceptions about earthquakes at two widely separated locations in the United States. Certain topics, such as the cause of earthquakes, seemed to cause difficulty for students. New definitional responses emerged in the studies that took…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Earth Science, Earthquakes, Educational Research
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Shankar, Ganga; Skoog, Gerald D. – Science Education, 1993
From respondents to a questionnaire sent to a random sample of 654 Texas biology teachers, the following conclusions were made: 86% agreed evolution should be taught, 47% agreed it was a central theme in biology, 8% indicated that it conflicted with the Bible, and 7% noted there were more useful alternative theories explaining the history of the…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Biology, Classroom Research, Educational Research
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Lederman, Norman G.; And Others – Science Education, 1993
This summary of research developed by the ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education contains two main sections: Research on Teaching and Research on Learning. The first section contains subsections on Curriculum and Instruction, Science Teacher Education. Curriculum and Instruction, Cognition and Achievement, and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Research, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning)
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Fleer, Marilyn – Science Education, 1993
Examines the research literature in science education to determine how appropriate it is for teaching science to young children 3-5 years of age. In the context of this discussion, a model for the teaching of science in early childhood is presented. For clarity and continuity, the example of teaching electricity is used throughout. (PR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Educational Research, Electricity, Literature Reviews
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Geddis, Arthur N.; And Others – Science Education, 1993
Presents a vignette about Karen, a student teacher in her first attempt at teaching chemical isotopes. Karen focuses on transmitting what she knows. An overview of Schulman's conceptions of pedagogical content knowledge is then provided. Shulman's ideas are employed to frame the experiences of Alan, a student teacher, as he and his cooperating…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Classroom Research, Educational Research, High Schools
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McDevitt, Teresa M.; And Others – Science Education, 1993
Describes an evaluation of a program on science and mathematics for perspective elementary teachers. Among the conclusions are that students in the program (n=65 in 1988 and n=61 in 1989) had significantly more positive scores on teaching science and mathematics than a control group of students. (PR)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Mathematics Instruction
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Ledbetter, Cynthia E. – Science Education, 1993
This research endeavored to study student's views of science through their operative definitions of science. The results were used to create an instrument with which teachers could evaluate students' perceptions of science and then prepare lessons that address misconceptions. (PR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups
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