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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