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Ahokoski, Essi; Korventausta, Miikka; Veermans, Koen; Jaakkola, Tomi – Science Education International, 2017
This paper reports outcomes of a 2-day inquiry learning training course for in-service teachers (N=102) with a specific focus on teachers' self-efficacy beliefs, perceptions of inquiry learning, and satisfaction with the training course. Teachers' self-efficacy and their perceptions of inquiry learning were measured both at the beginning and at…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Inservice Teacher Education, Self Efficacy, Pretests Posttests
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Silm, Gerli; Tiitsaar, Kai; Pedaste, Margus; Zacharia, Zacharias C.; Papaevripidou, Marios – Science Education International, 2017
The use of inquiry-based learning (IBL) is encouraged in schools, as it has been shown to be an effective method for raising students' motivation in STEM subjects and increasing their understanding of scientific concepts. Nevertheless, IBL is not very often used in classrooms by teachers due to different (perceived) obstacles. Within the Ark of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Self Efficacy, Teacher Attitudes
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Sormunen, K.; Keinonen, T.; Holbrook, J. – Science Education International, 2014
The core idea of the PROFILES project is to support science teachers' continuous professional development. The instructional innovation of the PROFILES is the so called Three Stage Model (TSM) which aims to arouse students' intrinsic motivation, to offer a meaningful inquiry-based learning environment and to use the science learning in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Professional Continuing Education
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Rissanen, A. J. – Science Education International, 2014
Lifelong learning and diverse technical information are challenges for designing curricula. The Finnish National Defence University (NDU) provides undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in academic and military disciplines according to the Bologna process. Technology is one of the major learning lines at the NDU, but basic scientific education…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Strategies, Peer Teaching, Active Learning
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Juntunen, Marianne; Aksela, Maija – Science Education International, 2013
The purpose of this design research is to improve the quality of environmental literacy and sustainability education in chemistry teaching through combining a socio-scientific issue, life-cycle analysis (LCA), with inquiry-based learning (IBL). This first phase of the cyclic design research involved 20 inservice trained chemistry teachers from…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Environmental Education, Sustainability
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Sothayapetch, Pavinee; Lavonen, Jari; Juuti, Kalle – Science Education International, 2013
A curriculum is a master plan that regulates teaching and learning. This paper compares Finnish and Thai primary school level science curricula to the PISA 2006 Scientific Literacy Framework. Curriculum comparison was made following the procedure of deductive content analysis. In the analysis, there were four main categories adopted from PISA…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cross Cultural Studies, Science Curriculum, Scientific Concepts
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Clement, Pierre; Mouelhi, Lassaad; Kochkar, Momahed; Valanides, Nicos; Nisiforou, Olia; Thiaw, Seyni Mame; Ndiaye, Valdiodio; Jeanbart, Paula; Horvath, Daniel; Ferreira, Claudia; Carvalho, Graca S. – Science Education International, 2010
In the human brain, the neuronal pathways are networks which support our learning, memory and thought, and which work with permanent feedback. However, only 19% of illustrations of these neuronal pathways, in the 55 analysed school textbooks coming from 15 countries, were showing feedbacks. The neuronal pathways related to movements were generally…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Textbook Content, Textbooks, Ideology
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Vesisenaho, Mikko; Valtonen, Teemu; Kukkonen, Jari; Havu-Nuutinen, Sari; Hartikainen, Anu; Karkkainen, Sirpa – Science Education International, 2010
Schools are facing challenges to meet the demands of the information society and the student generation of today. Not only are students carrying their mobile phones everywhere, they are also familiar with different online environments, especially social software. This situation can be seen both a challenge and a chance for schools, as mobile…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Computer Software, Blended Learning, Conventional Instruction
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Trumper, Ricardo – Science Education International, 2010
The present study was carried out in the framework of earlier research on environmental education for sustainability, using data collected in the ROSE Project. Attention was focused mainly on students' responses to sections and items related to environmental issues, regarding their countries' degree of development. The research questions dealt…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Student Attitudes