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Akpullukcu, Simge; Cavas, Bulent – Science Education International, 2017
The purpose of this paper is to develop a "valid and reliable laboratory safety questionnaire" which could be used to identify science teachers' understanding about laboratory safety issues during their science laboratory activities. The questionnaire was developed from a literature review and prior instruments developed on laboratory…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Questionnaires, Laboratory Safety, Secondary School Science
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Kim, Minkee; Cavas, Bulent – Science Education International, 2013
As a key to decide a success or risk of a community of practice, legitimacy of a participant has been conceptually discussed in abundant theoretical literature. Achieving legitimacy is interpreted as gaining credibility from peers, enlarging divisions of labor in a social environment, collecting reinforcement from colleague teachers in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Communities of Practice, Social Networks
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Cavas, Pinar Huyuguzel; Ozdem, Yasemin; Cavas, Bulent; Cakiroglu, Jale; Ertepinar, Hamide – Science Education International, 2013
In order to educate elementary students scientifically literate as expected in the science curricula in many countries around the world, science teachers need to be equipped with the diverse aspects of scientific literacy. This study investigates whether pre-service elementary science teachers at universities in Turkey have a satisfactory level of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Attitudes, Preservice Teachers
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Cavas, Bulent; Cakiroglu, Jale; Cavas, Pinar; Ertepinar, Hamide – Science Education International, 2011
The shortfall of young people, particularly women, in the field of Science, Mathematics and Engineering (SME) has been shown in many national studies. Schreiner and Sjoberg (2007) indicated that boys outnumber girls in physics and engineering studies, while the gender balance is shifted towards the girls in studies including medicine, veterinary…
Descriptors: Females, Career Choice, High School Students, Veterinary Medicine
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Cavas, Bulent – Science Education International, 2010
It is commonly believed that learning styles are not really concerned with "what" learners learn, but rather "how" they prefer to learn and it is also an important factor for students' academic achievement and attitudes. The purpose of this study was to investigate the learning styles of pre-service teachers enrolled at…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Teacher Education Programs, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
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Cavas, Bulent; Cavas, Pinar; Tekkaya, Ceren; Cakiroglu, Jale; Kesercioglu, Teoman – Science Education International, 2009
This paper examined high school students' attitudes toward the environment and their interest in learning about environmental protection with respect to gender. The questionnaire-based Relevance of Science Education (ROSE) Project data of 9th grade students were collected in Turkey from 1,260 students. Statistical analysis included tabulation of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Environmental Education, Student Interests, Multivariate Analysis