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Valdmann, Ana; Holbrook, Jack; Rannikmae, Miia – Science Education International, 2012
This paper explores the impact of teacher involvement in a context-based teaching project, involving continuous professional development and classroom module implementation two years after the event. Five chemistry and biology teachers were interviewed to ascertain the degree of ownership gained from the project related to continued use of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Post, Aveliis; Rannikmae, Miia; Holbrook, Jack – Science Education International, 2011
This study is based on the creation of a theoretical tool for determining competencies and knowledge in science education which stakeholders value as necessary for students to become productive members of the future work force as well as responsible citizens. Stakeholders' opinions (N = 85) were gathered from persons in different walks of life by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Science Education, Scientific Literacy
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Rannikmae, Miia; Teppo, Moonika; Holbrook, Jack – Science Education International, 2010
This article draws attention to the difference between interest and relevance in science education while recognising both can be considered components of intrinsic motivation--motivation for learning coming from students themselves. Research has shown the importance of intrinsic motivation and this study seeks an approach to enhance this through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Interests, Student Motivation
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Holbrook, Jack; Rannikmae, Miia; Kask, Klaara – Science Education International, 2008
The PARSEL project was initiated to disseminate teaching modules, based on a philosophical model, which was in line with a need to promote scientific literacy, in a manner considered to be both popular and relevant for students. The project was based on the belief that this approach would allow students to better realize that science was for all,…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Learning Modules, Student Reaction, Relevance (Education)