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Türköz, Gizem; Öztürk, Nurhan – Science Education International, 2019
The aim of this study was to examine the quality of the written argument of pre-service science teachers on certain socio-scientific issues (SSI) and their opinions about the process of something. The study group consisted of 26 pre-service science teachers (18 females and 8 males) studying in their 3rd year of a state university. The purposeful…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Video Technology
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Baptista, Geilsa Costa Santos; Araujo, Geane Machado – Science Education International, 2019
We present and discuss the results of qualitative research based on a case study with biology undergraduate students from a public University of Bahia state, Brazil. The objective was to identify the influence of practical experiences involving ethnobiology applied to science teaching on intercultural dialogue into their initial training. To…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers
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Mataka, Lloyd M.; Saderholm, Jon C.; Hodge, Tracy – Science Education International, 2019
This study explored the epistemological beliefs of the science faculty at a small liberal arts college in the Southern United States and investigated the effect of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) professional development (PD). The teacher beliefs interviews (Luft and Roehrig, 2007) were used to investigate epistemological beliefs of faculty…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Epistemology
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Pektas, Murat; Kepceoglu, Ibrahim – Science Education International, 2019
This case study investigated what prospective science education teachers think about the use of gamification in education. 44 pre-service science teachers were asked to provide their opinions about the use of gamification in education after a 4-week implementation of gamification. The participants revealed the benefits of gamification such as an…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Educational Games, Science Teachers
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Özcan, Hasan; Kostur, Hakki Ilker – Science Education International, 2019
Recently, with the influence of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education approach, the material design has become an important aspect within science courses. The material development course in science curriculums is a unique opportunity to evaluate pre-service teachers' material designs. In this study, student science teachers'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Physics
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Uçar, Murat Berat; Sahin, Elvan – Science Education International, 2018
This quantitative study aimed to examine Turkish pre-service science teachers' beliefs regarding the demarcating between science and pseudoscience. Participants completed the Science and Pseudoscience Distinction Scale. Data collected from the 123 pre-service science teachers were examined based on the dimensions of the instrument, namely science…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes
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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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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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Qureshi, Sheila; Bradley, Katherine; Vishnumolakala, Venkat Rao; Treagust, David F.; Southam, Daniel C.; Mocerino, Mauro; Ojeil, Joseph – Science Education International, 2016
The Qatari government has made significant changes in the organization and staffing of schools over the past decade in an effort to improve the academic performance of school-aged citizens. Of interest is the need to encourage teachers to move from a didactic teacher-led mode of instruction to one that is more student-centred, but also…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Student Centered Learning, Critical Thinking, College Science
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Kadayifci, Hakki; Yalcin-Celik, Ayse – Science Education International, 2016
This study examined the effectiveness of Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) as an instructional model in a general chemistry laboratory course. The study was conducted over the course of ten experimental sessions with 125 pre-service science teachers. The participants' level of reflective thinking about the ADI activities, changes in their science…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Models, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Akgun, A.; Duruk, U. – Science Education International, 2016
One of the most important attribute for being scientifically literate in the context of science education requires individuals do research, inquiry and develop scientific attitudes toward facts brought about around them. In addition, it is often stated in the literature that individuals who are scientifically literate can also think critically and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Critical Thinking, Social Influences, Thinking Skills
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McGinnis, J. Randy; McDonald, Chris; Hestness, Emily; Breslyn, Wayne – Science Education International, 2016
This exploratory study investigates what science educators from differing groups (outside of higher education--informal and formal (K-12) and inside of higher education--content and pedagogy experts) believe are the roles and responsibilities (and what actions these might involve) in climate change education for: 1) their group of educators, and…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Role, Teacher Responsibility, Climate
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Sen, Senol; Yilmaz, Ayhan – Science Education International, 2016
The objective of this study is to analyze the relationship between preservice teachers' time and study environment management, effort regulation, self-efficacy beliefs, control of learning beliefs and metacognitive self-regulation. This study also investigates the direct and indirect effects of metacognitive self-regulation on time and study…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Self Control
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Kanli, U. – Science Education International, 2015
This paper presents an analysis of physics teachers' as well as university and high school students' understanding of some astronomy concepts. In recent years, the significance of astronomy teaching in science education has gradually increased. Many research studies indicate that students have misconceptions about the reasons for seasons, the…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Multiple Choice Tests, Energy
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Chen, B.; Wei, B. – Science Education International, 2015
This paper aimed to explore the factors that influenced teachers' adaptations of the curriculum materials of the new senior secondary chemistry curriculum, a standards-based science curriculum, in China. This study was based on the premise that the interaction of the teacher with curriculum materials in a given social context determined what…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction
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