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McConney, Andrew; Oliver, Mary C.; Woods-McConney, Amanda; Schibeci, Renato; Maor, Dorit – Science Education, 2014
In this study, we examine patterns of students' literacy and engagement in science associated with different levels of "inquiry-oriented" learning reported by students in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. To achieve this, we analyzed data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's 2006 Programme for International…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Cross Cultural Studies, Correlation, Foreign Countries
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Wallace, Carolyn S. – Science Education, 2012
This is a critical time for the science education community as we embark on the creation and implementation of new national science standards. The purpose of this essay is to offer insight into how the language of curriculum standards, including that found in state science standards in the United States over the past 15 years, has posed barriers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Psychology, Educational Policy, Science Education
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Davidson, Susan Kay; Passmore, Cynthia; Anderson, David – Science Education, 2010
This paper reports on the findings of a case study that investigated the interaction of the agendas and practices of students, teachers, and zoo educators during a class field trip to a zoo. The study reports on findings of the analysis of two case classes of students and their perceptions of their learning experiences during the field trip. The…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Recreational Facilities, Interaction, Attitude Measures
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Lewthwaite, Brian – Science Education, 2006
This inquiry examines the personal attribute and environmental factors that contribute to and impede science teacher-leader development. Using a narrative approach, the inquiry focuses on the experiences of three teachers in three different New Zealand primary schools (years 1-6) as they develop in their capabilities as science teacher-leaders…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Science Teachers, Elementary Education
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Bell, Beverley; Cowie, Bronwen – Science Education, 2001
Discusses the findings of a two-year research project on formative assessment in New Zealand among science teachers. The characteristics of formative assessment include responsiveness, sources of evidence, a tacit process, use of professional knowledge and experiences, and an integral part of teaching and learning. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Science Instruction