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Volkmann, Mark J., Abell, Sandra K.; Zgagacz, Marta – Science Education, 2005
The purpose of this study was to understand how the professor, teaching assistant, and students experienced inquiry-based science instruction in an undergraduate physics course designed for elementary education majors. During the teaching of a 6-week electricity unit, the professor faced several challenges: knowing when and how to tell the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Education Majors, Elementary Education, Teaching Assistants
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Kisiel, James – Science Education, 2005
This investigation sought to identify the motivations that comprise teachers' agendas when leading student fieldtrips to science museums or similar sites. A survey distributed to upper elementary teachers resulted in a variety of open-ended responses that were analyzed and coded to identify recurring themes. In addition, ten teachers planning to…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Field Trips, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teaching Centers
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Laugksch, Rudiger C. – Science Education, 2005
This analysis of research conducted by graduate students at South African universities over the last 70 years is an attempt to identify the foci of South African science education research. Appropriate graduate degrees were systematically identified by interrogating electronic databases and verifying details. Title and abstract were then used to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Science Education, Graduate Study
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Wei, Bing; Thomas, Gregory P. – Science Education, 2005
Taking the Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum (JSSCC) in the People's Republic of China as a case, this paper approaches the issue of the tension between elite and future citizenry orientations in science curriculum. The changes in the JSSCC over the period from 1978 to 2001 are explained from three viewpoints: sociopolitical,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Chemistry, Curriculum Development
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Santos, Silvana; Bizzo, Nelio – Science Education, 2005
This study focuses on everyday or lay understandings of inheritance. In the northeastern Brazil, 100 individuals were interviewed in order to describe how they explain the origin of genetic disorders affecting their relatives for several generations. There were involved 60 individuals from a large consanguineous family with many members affected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Family (Sociological Unit), Genetics
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Tobin, Kenneth – Science Education, 2005
The study examines how social and cultural factors mediate the teaching and learning of science in an Australian high school. Grade 10 students, many of them new migrants, often transient and from circumstances of economic hardship, were taught a 5-week unit on chemistry by a teacher with social and cultural histories similar to those of most of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 10, Teaching Methods, Laboratories
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Sandoval, William A. – Science Education, 2005
It has long been a goal of science education in the United States that students leave school with a robust understanding of the nature of science. Decades of research show that this does not happen. Inquiry-based instruction is advocated as a means for developing such understanding, although there is scant direct evidence that it does. There is a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Epistemology, Inquiry
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Hudson, Peter; Skamp, Keith; Brooks, Lyndon – Science Education, 2005
Perceptions of mentors' practices related to primary science teaching from nine Australian universities (N = 331 final-year preservice teachers) were gathered through a literature-based instrument. Five factors that characterize effective mentoring practices in primary science teaching were supported by confirmatory factory analysis. These…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Test Reliability, Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Hofstein, Avi; Lunetta, Vincent N. – Science Education, 2004
The laboratory has been given a central and distinctive role in science education, and science educators have suggested that rich benefits in learning accrue from using laboratory activities. Twenty years have been elapsed since we published a frequently cited, critical review of the research on the school science laboratory (Hofstein & Lunetta,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Laboratories, Science Experiments, Laboratory Experiments
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Kozoll, Richard H.; Osborne, Margery D. – Science Education, 2004
Despite the many hours students spend studying science, only a few relate to these subjects in such a manner that it becomes a part of their essential worldview and advances their education in a larger sense--one in which they make a connection to the subject matter so that it becomes a source of inspiration and occupies a formative position in…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, High Risk Students, Case Studies, Interviews
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Zacharia, Zacharias; Barton, Angela Calabrese – Science Education, 2004
Recent studies have shown that urban students and students of color have exceptionally negative attitudes toward school science and their futures in that field as compared with white students and nonurban students. In this paper we summarize research findings on students' attitudes toward science. We note that most of the studies of students'…
Descriptors: Negative Attitudes, White Students, Urban Schools, Student Attitudes
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Rahm, Jrene – Science Education, 2004
In this paper, I address some of the unique challenges of studies of learning in museums through a microanalytic case study of meaning-making among a group of youth and a curator. Through an examination of youths' forms of participation in one exhibit, I illustrate local meaning making achieved through multiple modalities--by doing, talking, and…
Descriptors: Exhibits, Scientific Literacy, Museums, Case Studies
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Weinstein, Matthew – Science Education, 2004
This article explores objectification in science and science education, i.e., the way material is turned into an object of interest to scientists. Drawing on sociological and anthropological drama theory, it examines how objectification does and does not occur in classrooms and schools. To understand the role and relationship of the object to the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Ethics, History, Social Studies
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Wickman, Per-Olof – Science Education, 2004
The practical epistemologies of university students during laboratory work in chemistry are analyzed to enhance understanding of how teaching practices interact with learners. The purpose is to develop a theoretical framework of learning as action that can be used by educational researchers to examine meaning-making, but also by teachers in close…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Pragmatics, Educational Researchers, Student Attitudes
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Liu, Xiufeng – Science Education, 2004
In this article, we adopted the relational conceptual change as our theoretical framework to accommodate current views of conceptual change such as ontological beliefs, epistemological commitment, and social/affective contexts commonly mentioned in the literature. We used a specific concept mapping format and process--digraphs and digraphing--as…
Descriptors: Grade 12, Concept Mapping
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