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Qureshi, Azhar M.; Demir, Kadir – Science Education International, 2019
Pakistan, like many other countries of the world, has continually been criticized for its unproductive professional development (PD) policies and practices for teachers due to low student achievement in science disciplines. A good portion of science teachers (62%) in Pakistan was found to be uncomfortable in teaching the scientific concepts…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Teacher Competencies
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Hamalosmanoglu, Mustafa; Varinlioglu, Serdar – Science Education International, 2019
The purpose of the study was to reveal the effects of scientific argumentation-oriented teaching activities on the environmental attitudes and knowledge of seventh-grade Turkish students within the human and environment unit compared to the activities suggested by the ministry of education science and technology curriculum. This study employed a…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Instructional Effectiveness, Grade 7, Student Attitudes
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Ates, Yesim Taktat; Ates, Hüseyin; Özbek, Neslihan; Afacan, Özlem – Science Education International, 2019
The aim of this study was to determine special education teachers' self-efficacy belief levels toward science. In the study, an explanatory mixed method was used in which quantitative and qualitative research methods were involved together. This study included both survey and case study methodology. To determine the level of special education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Körhasan, Nilüfer Didis; Gürel, Derya Kaltakçi – Science Education International, 2019
Experience and intuition may help explain everyday phenomena. However, physics concepts cannot be induced directly from them. Learning physics requires an examination of the ideas of scientifically constructed theoretical frameworks, explaining coherently organized physics concepts. This research examined student teachers' physics knowledge in…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Physics, Knowledge Level
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Wegner, Claas; Bruneman, Rachel LeeAnn; Steffen, Antonia – Science Education International, 2019
Although fundamental chemistry acts as a prerequisite for fully comprehending imperative aspects of biology, Bielefeld University is one of three universities in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany that does not require majors or minors in biology education to complete classes in general chemistry, before fulfilling graduation requirements. A study…
Descriptors: Biology, Chemistry, College Science, Science Process Skills
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Dincer, Emrah Oguzhan; Osmanoglu, Aslihan – Science Education International, 2018
The aim of this study was to examine prospective science teachers' knowledge of and difficulties with the metric unit conversion. The participants of the study were 73 prospective science teachers. In this qualitative study, a measurement test with 14 questions was administered to the participants to examine their knowledge of and difficulties…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Knowledge Level, Measurement
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Cakmakci, Gultekin – Science Education International, 2017
This study used video vignettes of historical episodes from documentary films as a context and instructional tool to promote pre-service science teachers' (PSTs) conceptions of the nature of science (NOS). The participants received explicit-reflective NOS instruction, and were introduced to techniques to be able to use scenes from documentary…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Vignettes, Preservice Teachers, Scientific Principles
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Mbano, Nellie; Nolan, Kathleen – Science Education International, 2017
In Malawi, in spite of a number of gender equity policies and initiatives that encourage females to pursue careers within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), research indicates that they are under-represented in these fields. One initiative recommended to address the factors contributing to this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Females, Womens Education
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Agbo, Felicia Onyemowo; Isa, Ali A. Muluku – Science Education International, 2017
This paper examined scientific skills and concept learning by rural women for personal and national development. The research design employed was a quasi-experimental, one-group pre-test and post-test design. A non-formal science program package to enhance and empower the rural women's knowledge and skills in their daily activities (nutrition,…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy, Science Process Skills
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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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Dung, Mohammed Dauda; Mankilik, Mangut; Ozoji, Bernadette Ebele – Science Education International, 2017
This study focused on assessment of colleges of education students' knowledge and attitudes toward solid waste management in the North Central zone of Nigeria. The cross-sectional survey design was adopted. A students' knowledge and attitudes toward solid waste management questionnaire were used to collect data from 1,800 students. The findings…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Knowledge Level, Student Attitudes
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Gray, P.; Elser, C. F.; Klein, J. L.; Rule, A. C. – Science Education International, 2016
This descriptive case study examined student attitudes, writing skills and content knowledge of urban fourth and fifth graders (6 males, 9 female) during a six-week literacy, thinking skill, and art-integrated environmental science unit. Pre- and post-test questions were used to address knowledge of environmental problems and student environmental…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Writing Skills, Knowledge Level, Urban Schools
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Lee, Carole K.; Shea, Marilyn – Science Education International, 2016
This study examines how pre-service elementary teachers (PSETs) view inquiry-based science learning and teaching, and how the science methods course builds their confidence to teach inquiry science. Most PSETs think that inquiry is asking students questions rather than a formal set of pedagogical tools. In the present study, three groups of PSETs…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Inquiry, Science Instruction
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Cox, M.; Steegen, A.; De Cock, M. – Science Education International, 2016
Where previous studies have shown the existence of misconceptions in astronomy, this research focuses on the level of awareness that teachers have of these misconceptions and the possible strategies they use to change the students' mental models. Through focus group interviews with secondary school teachers and semi-structured interviews with…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Astronomy, Qualitative Research
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Papageorgiou, George; Markos, Angelos; Zarkadis, Nikolaos – Science Education International, 2016
This work investigates the formation of particular student profiles based on of their ideas relating to basic characteristics of the atom. Participants were secondary students of 8th, 10th and 12th grades from Northern Greece (n = 421), with specific cohort characteristics e.g. age, grade and class curriculum, and individual differences, e.g.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Grade 8, Grade 10
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