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Furio, C.; Guisasola, J.; Almudi, J. M.; Ceberio, M. – Science Education, 2003
This work is grounded in a constructivistic conception of the learning of science, more particularly on the model known as teaching-learning as oriented research. In accordance with this theoretical basis we have developed an empirical research project to investigate the teaching of electrostatics in high schools. The designs developed have…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Constructivism (Learning), Energy, Models
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Boo, Hong-Kwen; Watson, J. R. – Science Education, 2001
Explores the development over time of students' understandings of the concept of chemical reaction in the context of two familiar reactions in solution. Based on interviews (n=48), results show that students made some progress in their understanding of the concept of chemical reaction but some fundamental misconceptions remained. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Chemical Reactions, Chemistry, Concept Formation, Science Instruction
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O'Hearn, George T. – Science Education, 1976
Discusses the use of future-oriented science curricula as a means of promoting scientific literacy. (MLH)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Science Curriculum, Science Education
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Gomez, Miguel-Angel; And Others – Science Education, 1995
Discusses students' understanding of the qualitative conservation of matter and how this understanding is influenced by previous instruction in chemistry and task variables. Results show the influence of group membership, task content, and problem context on students' performance. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Conservation (Concept), Educational Research, Matter
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Lemberger, John; Hewson, Peter W.; Park, Hyun-Ju – Science Education, 1999
Discusses three prospective secondary biology teachers' conceptions of teaching science and selected portions of their knowledge base in biology. Explores how these teachers' conceptions, along with their teaching actions, developed during the course of a teacher-education program. Contains 31 references. (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Educational Experience, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Sequeira, Manuel; Leite, Laurinda – Science Education, 1991
Authors describe some alternative conceptions held by Portuguese physics students about mechanics and compare students' scientific conceptions with the evolution of historical ideas. Authors contend that teacher knowledge about the history of science can facilitate teaching for conceptual change in physics. (over 20 references) (Authors/PR)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Misconceptions
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Tamir, Pinchas; Zohar, Anat – Science Education, 1991
Reports on interviews with 28 high school biology students in Jerusalem concerning teleological and anthropomorphic formulations and reasoning. Results indicate acceptance of anthropomorphic formulations does not imply a prevalence of anthropomorphic reasoning. Most high school students can distinguish between anthropomorphic formulations and…
Descriptors: Biology, Concept Formation, Educational Research, Foreign Countries
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; Roychoudhury, Anita – Science Education, 1992
Describes the practice of concept mapping, the student-student and student-teacher interactions, and cognitive activity occurring in participants. Authors conclude that concept mapping is an excellent activity that allows students to engage in extended science discourse. The maps provide students with a means to learn the language patterns of…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Concept Mapping, Discourse Analysis, Educational Research
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Tomanek, Debra – Science Education, 1994
Fifteen students participated in a study designed to document the curriculum processes that influenced the meanings associated with the content studied by a secondary environmental science class. Uses entropy to illustrate what was learned about the curriculum processes that shaped the meaning of content in the science class studied. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Ecology, Entropy, Population Trends
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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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Prain, Vaughan; Hand, Brian – Science Education, 1999
Discusses students' perceptions of using writing as a component of their science learning. Results, collected over four years, are organized to include students' perceptions of writing in science, learning, ownership, purpose, and science. These results are then discussed in terms of students' developing metacognition and epistemologies of…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, Epistemology, Foreign Countries
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Macbeth, Douglas – Science Education, 2000
Organizes a reading of the conceptual change literature that brings into view a collection of design specifications for a conceptual change apparatus. Analyzes one such apparatus in the particulars of a science education demonstration program produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Private Universe Project. (Contains 114 references.) (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Demonstrations (Science), Discourse Analysis, Light
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Mortimer, Eduardo F.; Machado, Andrea H. – Science Education, 2000
Analyzes a teaching episode to determine how a conflict is perceived and overcome by students as a result of verbal interaction between the teacher and the students. Discusses the particulate nature of matter with students aged 15-16 after observing a glass of water containing a rock and an ice cube. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Density (Matter)
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Banet; Enrique; Ayuso, Enrique – Science Education, 2000
Examines the knowledge that secondary school students have concerning some basic aspects related to the location of inheritance information before they are taught about genetics. Discusses the effects of traditional instruction in Spain on students' learning. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Foreign Countries, Genetics, Heredity
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Gess-Newsome, Julie; Lederman, Norman G. – Science Education, 1993
Reports a study of 10 preservice biology teachers' subject matter structure (SMS). Using qualitative methods, the researchers sought to discover the nature and source of the SMS, the stability, and the relationship to the act of teaching. Among the conclusions are that these preservice teachers do not appear cognizant of their SMSs and that the…
Descriptors: Biology, Education Majors, Educational Research, Preservice Teacher Education
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