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Shaakumeni, Simson N.; Csapó, Beno – Science Education International, 2019
The purpose of this study was to validate a new questionnaire for assessing students' beliefs about the nature of science (BANOS). Existing instruments have limitations in terms of psychometric validity. A new questionnaire termed "BANOS" was developed to address such limitations. The BANOS is based on dimensions of the nature of science…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Questionnaires, Test Validity, Student Attitudes
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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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Suephatthima, Bureerat; Faikhamta, Chatree – Science Education International, 2018
Argument skills play a crucial role in fostering students' scientific literacy. Students who possess such skills can employ reason and evidence to make decisions. This classroom action research was aimed at investigating the best practices for teaching chemistry to promote argument skills through socioscientific issues (SSI). The participants were…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Scientific Literacy, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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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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Tural, G. – Science Education International, 2015
Students commonly find the field of physics difficult. Therefore, they generally have learning problems. One of the subjects with which they have difficulties is optics within a physics discipline. This study aims to determine students' conceptual understanding levels at different education levels relating to lenses in geometric optics. A…
Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Optics, Physics, Concept Formation
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Blanchard, B.; Masserot, V.; Holbrook, J. – Science Education International, 2014
School subjects can provide a good context for learning a second language. This is especially true for science as it can involve a range of student centred activities, which involve students in collaborative communication related to a range of different competences. This paper reflects on one approach to learning in a second language, using the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Al-Balushi, Sulaiman M.; Ambusaidi, Abdullah K.; Al-Shuaili, Ali H.; Taylor, Neil – Science Education International, 2012
The current study, undertaken in the Sultanate of Oman, explored twelfth grade students' common misconceptions in seven chemistry conceptual areas. The sample included 786 twelfth grade students in Oman while the instrument was a two-tier test called Chemistry Misconceptions Diagnostic Test (CMDT), consisting of 25 items with 12 items…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions, Grade 12
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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
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Galvao, Cecilia; Reis, Pedro; Freire, Sofia – Science Education International, 2008
In this paper, we present data related to how a Portuguese teacher developed the module "A big problem for Magellan: Food preservation." Students were asked to plan an investigation in order to identify which were the best food preservation methods in the XV and XVI centuries of Portuguese overseas navigation, and then establish a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science and Society, Science Course Improvement Projects, Food Service