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Iordanou, Kalypso; Constantinou, Costas P. – Science Education, 2015
The aim of this study was to examine how students used evidence in argumentation while they engaged in argumentive and reflective activities in the context of a designed learning environment. A Web-based learning environment, SOCRATES, was developed, which included a rich data base on the topic of climate change. Sixteen 11th graders, working with…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Educational Technology, Web Based Instruction
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Won, Mihye; Yoon, Heojeong; Treagust, David F. – Science Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to understand how students utilized multiple representations to learn and explain science concepts, in this case the human breathing mechanism. The study was conducted with Grade 11 students in a human biology class. Semistructured interviews and a two-tier diagnostic test were administered to evaluate students'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Grade 11, Biology
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; Jornet, Alfredo – Science Education, 2014
"Experience" is one of the most used terms in (science) education, and it is recognized as being related to learning (education). Yet "what" experience is and "how" it is related to learning and change remains untheorized. In this paper, we mainly draw on the work of J. Dewey and L. S. Vygotsky but also on M. Bakhtin…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Experience, Philosophy
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Chen, Sufen; Chang, Wen-Hua; Lai, Chih-Hung; Tsai, Cheng-Yue – Science Education, 2014
The purpose of this project was to investigate the effects of virtual versus physical manipulation using a simulation-based laboratory activity (SBL) and a microcomputer-based laboratory activity (MBL). Both the SBL and the MBL used computers to collect, graph, and analyze data. A major difference was that the MBL allowed the students to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Computer Uses in Education, Simulation
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Chen, Ying-Chih; Hand, Brian; McDowell, Leah – Science Education, 2013
This quasi-experimental and pre/posttest study was designed to examine whether fourth-grade students who engaged in collaboratively writing letters to 11th-grade students performed better on tests of conceptual understanding of a unit on force and motion than students who did not. The participants included 835 fourth-grade students and 416…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Pretests Posttests, Grade 4, Grade 11
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Jaipal, Kamini – Science Education, 2010
The teaching of science is a complex process, involving the use of multiple modalities. This paper illustrates the potential of a multimodal semiotics discourse analysis framework to illuminate meaning-making possibilities during the teaching of a science concept. A multimodal semiotics analytical framework is developed and used to (1) analyze the…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Biology, Grade 11, Science Instruction
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McNeill, Katherine L.; Pimentel, Diane Silva – Science Education, 2010
Argumentation is a core practice of science and has recently been advocated as an essential goal of science education. Our research focuses on the discourse in urban high school science classrooms in which the teachers used the same global climate change curriculum. We analyzed transcripts from three teachers' classrooms examining both the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Persuasive Discourse, Classrooms, Climate
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Anderson, David; Thomas, Gregory P.; Nashon, Samson M. – Science Education, 2009
This paper reports on a study that employed metacognition and social cognition theoretical frameworks to explore and interpret students' views of their cognitive roles and the nature of the mechanisms that they considered influenced and mediated their learning within small group contexts. An instrumental interpretive case study methodology was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Metacognition, Social Cognition, Biology
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Anderson, David; Nashon, Samson – Science Education, 2007
It is recognized widely that learning is a dynamic and idiosyncratic process of construction and reconstruction of concepts in response to new experiences. It is influenced by the learner's prior knowledge, motivation, and sociocultural context. This study investigated how year 11 and 12 physics students' metacognition influences the development…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Physics, Figurative Language, Metacognition
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Nahum, Tami Levy; Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel; Hofstein, Avi; Krajcik, Joseph – Science Education, 2007
The traditional pedagogical approach for teaching chemical bonding is often overly simplistic and not aligned with the most up-to-date scientific models. As a result, high-school students around the world lack fundamental understanding of chemical bonding. In order to improve students' understanding of this concept, it was essential to propose a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Methods, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Chemistry
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Salta, Katerina; Tzougraki, Chryssa – Science Education, 2004
The development of valid and reliable instruments for attitudes' measurement has been proven crucial for the quality of research. This study is dealing with the development and validation of an attitude toward chemistry instrument. By using this instrument, 11th grade Greek students' attitudes regarding the difficulty, the interest, the usefulness…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 11, Student Attitudes, Report Cards
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Dodick, Jeff; Orion, Nir – Science Education, 2003
There have been few discoveries in geology more important than "deep time"--the understanding that the universe has existed for countless millennia, such that man's existence is confined to the last milliseconds of the metaphorical geological clock. The influence of deep time is felt in a variety of sciences including geology, cosmology,…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), High School Students, Grade 11, Grade 12
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Dori, Yehudit J.; Tal, Revital T.; Tsaushu, Masha – Science Education, 2003
Teaching nonscience majors topics in biotechnology through case studies is the focus of this research. Our "Biotechnology, Environment, and Related Issues" module, developed within the "Science for All" framework, is aimed at elevating the level of students' scientific and technological literacy and their higher order thinking…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Biotechnology, Technological Literacy, Thinking Skills