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Lee, Min-Hsien; Lin, Tzung-Jin; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2013
Classroom assessment is a critical aspect of teaching and learning. In this paper, Taiwanese high school students' conceptions of science assessment and the relationship between their conceptions of science assessment and of science learning were investigated. The study used both qualitative and quantitative methods. First, 60 students were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Student Evaluation, Concept Formation
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Deng, Feng; Chen, Der-Thanq; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Chai, Ching Sing – Science Education, 2011
This review examines 105 empirical studies that investigate students' views of the nature of science (VNOS), effects of curricular interventions on changing students' VNOS, and relations between VNOS and demographics, majors, and learning of science. The reviewed studies can be categorized into three theoretical frameworks: the unidimension, the…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Research Methodology, Scientific Principles, Literature Reviews
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Liu, Shiang-Yao; Lin, Chuan-Shun; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2011
This study aims to test the nature of the assumption that there are relationships between scientific epistemological views (SEVs) and reasoning processes in socioscientific decision making. A mixed methodology that combines both qualitative and quantitative approaches of data collection and analysis was adopted not only to verify the assumption…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), College Students, Student Attitudes, Decision Making
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Lee, Min-Hsien; Johanson, Robert E.; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2008
Previous research has established a close link between students' conceptions of learning and approaches to learning. Until recently, only a few quantitative studies have investigated the relationship between high school students' conceptions of learning science and the approaches they adopt to learning science. This study sought to address this…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Student Attitudes, Structural Equation Models, Questionnaires
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Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2007
Research about the relationship between teachers' scientific epistemological views (SEVs) and science instruction is often an important issue for many science educators. This study, by collecting research data from four Taiwanese science teachers, their students, and classroom observations, was carried out to examine the coherences between…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Rhetoric, Science Teachers
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Chang, Chun-Yen; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2005
This evaluation study investigated the effects of a teacher-centered versus student-centered computer-assisted instruction (CAI) on 10th graders' earth science student learning outcomes. This study also explored whether the effects of different forms of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) on student learning outcomes were influenced by student…
Descriptors: Grade 10, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Educational Environment
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Wu, Ying-Tien; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2005
The main purpose of this study was to explore the effects of long-term constructivist-oriented science instruction on elementary school students' process of constructing cognitive structures. Furthermore, such effects on different science achievers were also investigated. The subjects of this study were 69 fifth graders in Taiwan, while they were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Low Achievement, High Achievement, Grade 5
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Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2002
Describes a science teacher's views of Science-Technology-Society (STS) instruction after implementing a two-semester STS-oriented science course in a Taiwanese high school. Concludes that the heavy content load of Taiwan's national curriculum, regular cross-class standard tests, lack of peer or administrative support, resource limitations in the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Reflective Teaching, Science and Society
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Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 1998
Explores the interaction between scientific epistemological beliefs and learning orientations in a group of Taiwanese eighth-grade students. Suggests the importance of employing a constructivist philosophy in the classroom. Contains 55 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education
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Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 1999
Describes a study that explored the interplay between students' scientific epistemological views (SEVs) and their learning in school laboratory activities. Finds that students having SEVs oriented to constructivist views of science tend to focus more on negotiating the meanings of experiments with their peers than students with SEVs more in line…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Discourse Analysis, Epistemology, Foreign Countries