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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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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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Rauch, F.; Dulle, M.; Namsone, D.; Gorghiu, G. – Science Education International, 2014
This paper explores the effectiveness of networking in promoting inquiry-based science education (IBSE) through raising the self-efficacy of science teachers to take ownership of more effective ways of teaching students, supported by stakeholders (Holbrook & Rannikmae, 2010). As PROFILES project (Professional Reflection Oriented Focus on…
Descriptors: Profiles, Science Education, Inquiry, Self Efficacy
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Harrison, Chris – Science Education International, 2014
Inquiry provides both the impetus and experience that helps students acquire problem solving and lifelong learning skills. Teachers on the Strategies for Assessment of Inquiry Learning in Science Project (SAILS) strengthened their inquiry pedagogy, through focusing on seeking assessment evidence for formative action. This paper reports on both the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Skills, Active Learning
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Wan, Zhi Hong; Wong, Siu Ling – Science Education International, 2013
Teaching nature of science (NOS) is beginning to find its place in science education in China. This exploratory study interviewed twenty-four Chinese science teacher educators about their conceptions of teaching NOS to pre-service science teachers. Although five dimensions emerged, this paper mainly focuses on reporting the findings relevant to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Teacher Educators
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Zion, Michal; Mendelovici, Ruthy – Science Education International, 2012
The article provides science educators with definitions of inquiry and its levels, relating them to real-world scientific processes. Such an educational shift entails a fundamental cultural change in the epistemology of science learning in schools, shifting it from "instructionism" to social constructivist learning. The highest level of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction
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Seraphin, Kanesa D.; Philippoff, Joanna; Kaupp, Lauren; Vallin, Lisa M. – Science Education International, 2012
The Teaching Science as Inquiry (TSI) philosophy is based on the belief that science should be taught and learned as it is practiced within the discipline of science education. TSI pedagogy uses a defined theoretical framework to counter the many vague misconceptions about inquiry. This framework a) acknowledges the multiple stages through which…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction, Metacognition
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Cavas, Bulent – Science Education International, 2010
It is commonly believed that learning styles are not really concerned with "what" learners learn, but rather "how" they prefer to learn and it is also an important factor for students' academic achievement and attitudes. The purpose of this study was to investigate the learning styles of pre-service teachers enrolled at…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Teacher Education Programs, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries