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Afitska, Oksana; Heaton, Timothy J. – Science Education, 2019
Children coming from homes where English is not their first language constitute a significant and increasing proportion of classrooms worldwide. Providing these English-language learners (ELLs) with equitable assessment opportunities is a challenge. We analyze the performance of 485 students, both English-native-speakers (ENSs) and ELLs, across…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Language Learners, Native Speakers, Science Achievement
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Kind, Vanessa – Science Education, 2016
This paper offers clarification of science teacher orientations as a potential component of pedagogical content knowledge. Science teaching orientations and beliefs about science held by 237 preservice science teachers were gathered via content-specific vignettes and questionnaire, respectively, prior to participation in a UK-based teacher…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Preservice Teachers, Vignettes
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Falk, John H.; Dierking, Lynn D.; Osborne, Jonathan; Wenger, Matthew; Dawson, Emily; Wong, Billy – Science Education, 2015
Increasing evidence suggests that individuals develop their understanding of science concepts in and out of school, using varied community resources and networks. Thus in contrast to historic research approaches that focus exclusively on single organizations and/or educational events, the current paper presents exploratory research in which we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Networks, Educational Quality
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Parker, Joan; Heywood, David – Science Education, 2013
Opportunities for the development of science-related pedagogy during training are necessarily limited for the generalist primary (elementary), preservice teacher. While school placement is an important context within which to develop such professional expertise, the role of institution-based learning is less well understood in this regard. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Reflection
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Levinson, Ralph; Kent, Phillip; Pratt, David; Kapadia, Ramesh; Yogui, Cristina – Science Education, 2012
Risk has now become a feature of science curricula in many industrialized countries. While risk is conceptualized within a number of different theoretical frameworks, the predominant model used in examination specifications is a utility model in which risk calculations are deemed to be objective through technical expert assessment and where the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Decision Making, Cultural Influences
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Archer, Louise; DeWitt, Jennifer; Osborne, Jonathan; Dillon, Justin; Willis, Beatrice; Wong, Billy – Science Education, 2012
There is international concern over persistent low rates of participation in postcompulsory science--especially the physical sciences--within which there is a notable underrepresentation of girls/women. This paper draws on data collected from a survey of more than 9,000 10/11-year-old pupils and 170 interviews (with 92 children and 78 parents)…
Descriptors: Females, Sexual Identity, Foreign Countries, Career Choice
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Taber, Keith S.; Billingsley, Berry; Riga, Fran; Newdick, Helen – Science Education, 2011
It has been argued that learning science may be complicated, and even compromised, when students hold worldviews that may seem at odds with what is presented in science lessons. In particular, in some parts of the world, there has been considerable concern that students from particular religious backgrounds may reject some science teaching if…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Conflict, Religion, Science Instruction
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Stylianidou, Fani; Boohan, Richard; Ogborn, Jon – Science Education, 2005
This paper, from the UK group in the STTIS (Science Teacher Training in an Information Society) project, describes research into the nature of teachers' transformations of computer modeling, and the development of related teacher training materials. Eight teacher case studies help to identify factors that favor or hinder the take-up of innovative…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Visualization, Foreign Countries, Computer Uses in Education
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Bartholomew, Hannah; Osborne, Jonathan; Ratcliffe, Mary – Science Education, 2004
In this paper, we report work undertaken with a group of 11 UK teachers over a period of a year to teach aspects of the nature of science, its process, and its practices. The teachers, who taught science in a mix of elementary, junior high, and high schools, were asked to teach a set of "ideas-about-science" for which consensual support…
Descriptors: Diaries, Delphi Technique, Science Teachers, Scientific Principles
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Erduran, Sibel; Simon, Shirley; Osborne, Jonathan – Science Education, 2004
This paper reports some methodological approaches to the analysis of argumentation discourse developed as part of the two-and-a-half year project titled "Enhancing the Quality of Argument in School Science" supported by the Economic and Social Research Council in the United Kingdom. In this project researchers collaborated with…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Research Methodology, Science Teachers
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Taber, Keith S. – Science Education, 2003
This paper describes the conceptualizations, or mental models, of the nature of the bonding and structure of metals of a group of U.K. college students. It is suggested that these mental models may be understood in terms of the students' prior learning about covalent and ionic bonding, and the prevalence of a common alternative conceptual…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Irwin, Allan R. – Science Education, 2000
Argues for the benefits of using historical perspective in the teaching and learning of science. Describes the positive effects of using such an approach during the study of atomic theory with 14-year-old students. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Atomic Theory, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Foreign Countries, Science History
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Solomon, Joan; And Others – Science Education, 1996
Explores pupils' (n=800) ideas about what scientists do, their more general knowledge about theories and how they change, and their impressions of how theory and experiment interact in the school science that they have experienced. Discusses teacher and out-of-school effects, gender, school work, and development with age. Contains 22 references.…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Science Experiments
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Gilbert, John; Priest, Mary – Science Education, 1997
A critical incident approach was used to analyze the discourse which took place during a visit by a class of 8- and 9-year olds to a gallery concerned with food at the Science Museum in London. Data collection, analysis, and interpretation are discussed. Suggests that a critical incident approach may be more generally helpful in analyzing the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Critical Incidents Method, Discourse Analysis, Elementary Education
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Campbell, Bob; And Others – Science Education, 1994
Analyzes the process of large scale curriculum development. Locates the projects and their development within the range of approaches advocated in science education and considers the practical decisions taken during the development in relation to theories of curriculum development and change. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum
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