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King, Chris – Science Education, 2001
Reports on a survey undertaken to test teacher perception of the effectiveness of their teaching of an earth science component which was added to the National Curriculum of England and Wales in 1989. Teachers indicated that the achievement of their pupils in earth science is moderate while reports on national testing show that it is poor.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, British National Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Earth Science
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Ingle, Richard B. – Science Education, 1984
Describes the development of the Nuffield chemistry curriculum materials by chemistry teachers and how these materials were received and used by a much larger and representative group of the profession. Includes comments on teaching Nuffield chemistry, the Nuffield examination, and on Nuffield chemistry outside of Great Britain. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Curriculum
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Ingle, Richard B. – Science Education, 1984
Describes the evaluation and revision of the O-level Nuffield chemistry student and teacher curriculum materials. Includes a discussion of the rationale for the evaluation process and the methodology used. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods
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Falk, John H. – Science Education, 1983
Validity of using time and behavior as predictors of learning was tested by collecting detailed visitor behavior and time expenditure while interacting with a participatory museum exhibit. Data from 12- and 13-year-olds (N=63: 32 males, 31 females) support the feasibility of using these predictors. Learning was measured using a 14-item test.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Environmental Education, Exhibits
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Pope, Maureen; Gilbert, John – Science Education, 1983
Discusses alternative perspectives on nature of knowledge and psychological development, relating these to science instruction. Indicates that significant learning occurs if facts have personal relevance, suggesting that a cultural transmission approach to teaching/knowledge dominates science education which neglects the role of students' personal…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, College Science, Elementary School Science
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Taiwo, A. A. – Science Education, 1973
Discusses the Nuffield Science Project and contrasts its philosophy with traditional science instruction in Britain. Describes aspects of the chemistry curriculum which reflect the aims of the Project, and outlines some radical changes that have taken place in examinations in science. (JR)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Curriculum, Instruction, Science Curriculum
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Brumby, Margaret N. – Science Education, 1982
College students (N=52) were given unfamiliar or novel problems (written and interview responses) to determine how they characterize living things, criteria they use to distinguish between living/dead/nonliving, and to determine if their idea of life included the interrelationship between organisms and biosphere. Results and implications are…
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Biology, College Science, College Students