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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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Kotkas, Tormi; Holbrook, Jack; Rannikmäe, Miia – Science Education International, 2016
This article focuses on concerns related to a lack of students' perception of relevance in school science seen as differing from educators' perception of relevance. In order to determine how relevance is portrayed in teaching and learning materials (TLMs), the titles and introductory texts (scenarios) from 77 TLMs, aiming to induce students'…
Descriptors: Motivation, Science Education, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Kisla, T. – Science Education International, 2015
The popularity and importance of distance education (DE) have increased along with advances in information and communication technologies. Many educational institutions now use DE applications. Today, as the importance of scientific literacy rises, the integration of DE into science education has become obligatory. At this point, this study seeks…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Distance Education
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Faria, Claudia; Freire, Sofia; Galvao, Cecilia; Reis, Pedro; Baptista, Monica – Science Education International, 2012
The goal of this study was to understand which factors, related to school science, can interfere with engagement of students-at-risk-of-dropping-out with school science and to know what kind of activities and teaching strategies are adequate to these students. This case-study involved a chemistry-teacher and ten male students. Data was based on…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Dropout Prevention