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Kizilay, Esra; Yamak, Havva; Kavak, Nusret – Science Education International, 2019
The purposes of this study were to determine whether the departments that high school students consider choosing for their university education belong to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields or not and to reveal the relationship between their choice and gender, grade, and type of institution. The research was conducted…
Descriptors: High School Students, STEM Education, Course Selection (Students), Gender Differences
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Aydin-Günbatar, Sevgi; Kalender, Nesibe – Science Education International, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine how learners' problem-solving approaches and success changed from high school to graduate school. This case study included 15 participants who were purposefully selected regarding their grade levels. To examine the development, we asked three algorithmic questions and three problems, which were different…
Descriptors: Stoichiometry, Problem Solving, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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Cerulli, D.; Holbrook, J.; Mander, Ü. – Science Education International, 2016
As global average temperatures rise, there has been an increase in the frequency and magnitude of meteorological natural hazards. To survive in the world and thrive in the work place, students need to utilize educational skills (such as creative thinking, non-routine problem solving, collaboration and systems thinking) and become independent…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 10
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Soobard, R.; Rannikmae, M. – Science Education International, 2015
This study was undertaken to investigate the progress in operational scientific literacy skills through demonstrating cognition associated with undertaking scientific processes. Scientific literacy is taken here to mean utilising science knowledge and skills, particularly with relevance to creative problem solving and making reasoned decisions in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 10, Grade 11, Comparative Analysis
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Uzun, Salih; Alev, Nedim; Karal, Isik Saliha – Science Education International, 2013
The aim of this study is to reveal the students' and pre-service teachers' understanding of light, sight and related concepts at different educational levels, from primary to higher education. A cross-sectional approach was used since the participants were of different age and educational level. The sample of this study consisted of 30 eighth…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Comprehension, Elementary School Science
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Dudu, Washington T.; Vhurumuku, Elaosi – Science Education International, 2012
This paper discusses the adoption and validation of a research instrument, on determining learners' levels of perception of classroom inquiry based on data collected from South African Grade 11 learners. The Learners' Perception of Classroom Inquiry (LPCI) instrument consists only of Likert-type items which rank activities according to how often…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research Methodology, Content Validity, Correlation
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Soobard, Regina; Rannikmae, Miia – Science Education International, 2011
The goal of this study was to develop an instrument for assessing grade 10 and 11 student's levels of scientific literacy in the areas of problem solving and decision making. In concentrating on determining the scientific literacy of gymnasium level students, it was taken as a first; previous international studies like PISA have focused on ninth…
Descriptors: Opinions, International Studies, Scientific Literacy, Grade 11
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Feierabend, Timo; Eilks, Ingo – Science Education International, 2010
This paper describes the development of different lesson plans dealing with authentic and controversial socio-scientific issues in the framework of climate change. These lesson plans orient themselves along the socio-critical, problem-oriented approach to science teaching. They deal with the use of bioethanol as an alternative fuel and with the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Lesson Plans, Action Research, Chemistry
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Apostolides, Themos; Valanides, Nikos – Science Education International, 2008
The study investigated tenth-, eleventh-, and twelfth-grade students' alternative ideas relating to the motion of a body travelling in the field of gravity with an initial horizontal velocity. The sample of the study consisted of 40 tenth-grade students, and 33 and 40 eleventh-grade students that attended different sections of upper secondary…
Descriptors: Physics, Motion, Secondary School Students, Science Instruction
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Mooldijk, Ad; van der Valk, Ton; Wooning, Jacqueline – Science Education International, 2006
In the framework of a curriculum reform in the Netherlands, an interdisciplinary open inquiry assignment has been introduced as a part of the final secondary school examinations. We developed and evaluated a preparatory open inquiry assignment to be used in science and mathematics departments of schools, in collaboration with each other: the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction