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Galperin, Diego; Raviolo, Andrés – Science Education International, 2019
Research related to the teaching and learning of the lunar phases reveals a low level of understanding of this astronomical phenomenon by most students of all educational levels. Therefore, there is a need to develop didactic materials to promote adequate comprehension of this phenomenon and which have been tried out in the classroom. Presented…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Models
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Uygur, Mutlu – Science Education International, 2019
In this research, the effects of using digitally supported concept maps on the academic success of students in science classes in primary education and their opinions toward the advantages of digitally supported concept maps were examined. The research was conducted with seventh-grade students in a state school in Turkey. This research used a…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Elementary School Science, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary School Students
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Angeloudi, Anastasia; Papageorgiou, George; Markos, Angelos – Science Education International, 2018
The study explored the possibilities to improve students' argumentation ability concerning factors that affect dissolving, through the implementation of two versions of a teaching scheme, with and without particle theory. The participants (age range 10-11, n = 27) belonged to two fifth-grade classes of a primary school in Northern Greece. Data…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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Irez, Serhat; Han-Tosunoglu, Cigdem; Dogan, Nihal; Cakmakci, Gultekin; Yalaki, Yalcin; Erdas-Kartal, Eda – Science Education International, 2018
Many scholars and science curricula from around the world describe socioscientific issues (SSIs) as meaningful contexts for teaching about the nature of science (NOS). These calls are guided by the assumption that science teachers are able to identify relevant aspects of the NOS in a given SSI and to decide how to utilize these for NOS…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Kutluca, Ali Yigit; Aydin, A. – Science Education International, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the altering perceptions and opinions of prospective elementary science teachers regarding argumentation while they were engaged in argumentative discourse. The participating teachers were engaged in socio-scientific argumentation for 9 weeks involving a 6-step process on a course "Special Topics in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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Cetin, Pinar Seda; Metin, Duygu; Capkinoglu, Esra; Leblebicioglu, Gulsen – Science Education International, 2016
Providing students with inquiry-oriented learning environments is a major concern in science education. Argumentation discourse can enhance the effectiveness of inquiry-oriented learning environments. This study seeks the trace of argumentation in Turkish Elementary and Secondary Science Curriculum developed by the Turkish Ministry of Education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Science
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Bilican, K.; Cakiroglu, J.; Oztekin, C. – Science Education International, 2015
Exploring different contexts to facilitate in-depth nature of science (NOS) views were seen as critical for better professional development of pre-service science teachers, which ultimately would assure better students' NOS understanding and achieve an ultimate goal of current science education reforms. This study aimed to reduce the lack of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Context Effect, Science Instruction, Preservice Teachers
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Pimthong, P. – Science Education International, 2015
The purpose of this research was to study primary science students' conceptual development as it related to their understanding of materials and their properties: in particular, to determine how and why some students changed their concepts while others did not. The participants were thirty-two Grade 5 (10-11 year old) students. An instructional…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Primary Education, Grade 5, Science Education
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Aydeniz, M.; Ozdilek, Z. – Science Education International, 2015
The purpose of this study was to assess pre-service science teachers' understanding of science, scientific argumentation and the difference between scientific argumentation and scientific explanation. A total of 40 pre-service science teachers enrolled in a Turkish university completed a five-question questionnaire. The results showed that the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Persuasive Discourse, Scientific Literacy
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Nicolaou, Chr. Th.; Evagorou, M.; Lymbouridou, Chr. – Science Education International, 2015
Despite the belief that emotions are important in the learning process, research in the area of emotions and learning, especially in science, is scant. Modelling and SSI argumentation have shared with respect to the emphasis in recent science standards reports as core scientific practices that need to be part of science teaching and learning. Even…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Interviews
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Cite, S.; Hanuscin, D. L. – Science Education International, 2014
Articles in the National Association for Science Teachers [NSTA] elementary journal "Science and Children" that describe an activity related to teaching nature of science [NOS] were analysed to ascertain the extent to which those activities align with research based suggestions for teaching NOS and the extent to which articles have…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Periodicals, Journal Articles
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Lee, C. K. – Science Education International, 2014
This study examines the existing knowledge that pre-service elementary teachers (PSETs) have regarding heat energy, heat transfer and insulation. The PSETs' knowledge of heat energy was initially assessed by using an activity: determining which container would be best to keep hot water warm for the longest period of time. Results showed that PSETs…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Education, Misconceptions
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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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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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