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Valdmann, Ana; Holbrook, Jack; Rannikmae, Miia – Science Education International, 2012
This paper explores the impact of teacher involvement in a context-based teaching project, involving continuous professional development and classroom module implementation two years after the event. Five chemistry and biology teachers were interviewed to ascertain the degree of ownership gained from the project related to continued use of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Soobard, Regina; Rannikmae, Miia – Science Education International, 2011
The goal of this study was to develop an instrument for assessing grade 10 and 11 student's levels of scientific literacy in the areas of problem solving and decision making. In concentrating on determining the scientific literacy of gymnasium level students, it was taken as a first; previous international studies like PISA have focused on ninth…
Descriptors: Opinions, International Studies, Scientific Literacy, Grade 11
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Post, Aveliis; Rannikmae, Miia; Holbrook, Jack – Science Education International, 2011
This study is based on the creation of a theoretical tool for determining competencies and knowledge in science education which stakeholders value as necessary for students to become productive members of the future work force as well as responsible citizens. Stakeholders' opinions (N = 85) were gathered from persons in different walks of life by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Science Education, Scientific Literacy
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Rannikmae, Miia; Teppo, Moonika; Holbrook, Jack – Science Education International, 2010
This article draws attention to the difference between interest and relevance in science education while recognising both can be considered components of intrinsic motivation--motivation for learning coming from students themselves. Research has shown the importance of intrinsic motivation and this study seeks an approach to enhance this through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Interests, Student Motivation
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Holbrook, Jack; Rannikmae, Miia; Kask, Klaara – Science Education International, 2008
The PARSEL project was initiated to disseminate teaching modules, based on a philosophical model, which was in line with a need to promote scientific literacy, in a manner considered to be both popular and relevant for students. The project was based on the belief that this approach would allow students to better realize that science was for all,…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Learning Modules, Student Reaction, Relevance (Education)
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Holbrook, Jack; Rannikmae, Miia – Science Education International, 1996
Explains the need for scientific and technological literacy, the role of supplementary teaching materials specifically created for this purpose, and the successes and difficulties in creating teaching materials in a workshop. Concludes that science teaching today is not designed to promote literacy and does not assist students in becoming the…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Decision Making Skills, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education
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Rannikmae, Miia – Science Education International, 1998
Science lessons were created to promote scientific and technological literacy (STL) among Estonian students. Teacher interviews (n=20) and student responses (n=470) to open-ended questions were analyzed based on process, attitudinal, and instructional domains. Outcomes emphasized the need for in-service guidance for teachers' better understanding…
Descriptors: Conventional Instruction, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Science and Society