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Jenkins, Judith L.; Howard, Elizabeth M. – Science Education International, 2019
Interest in student-centered active learning pedagogies is widespread, but discipline-specific examples of implemented instructional approaches are needed to bridge the gap between pedagogical ideas and their enactment. One of these approaches, Modeling Instruction, is an active, student-centered approach wherein students learn through…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Secondary School Science, Units of Study, Energy
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Hanson, Ruby; Sakyi-Hagan, Nelly – Science Education International, 2019
In this study, diagnostic worksheets adopted from the Royal Society of Chemistry and microscale chemistry activities were employed to investigate teacher trainees' understanding of chemical compounds. The framework for the study was hinged on the constructivist theory. Participants in this study were 36 1st-year undergraduate teacher trainees of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Chemistry, Diagnostic Teaching, Constructivism (Learning)
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Ceylan, Özge; Yigit, Elif Atabek – Science Education International, 2018
In this study, the use of concept cartoons in a particle structure of matter unit was investigated using the flow map of 7th-grade students' academic achievement. The development of their cognitive structures and thoughts about concept cartoons was analyzed. 27 experimental and 27 control group students who were studying in the 7th grade…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Sanchez, Joje Mar P. – Science Education International, 2018
Understanding chemistry requires the interplay of several modes of representations which can be observed in the translational skills of students. This paper investigated the extent of the translational skills of students exposed to conventional lecture method (CLM) and the integrated macro-micro-symbolic approach (IMMSA). Individual interviews…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Lecture Method, Teaching Methods
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Hagenah, Sara; Colley, Carolyn; Thompson, Jessica – Science Education International, 2018
Rigorous and responsive science teaching is based on supporting all students in making progress in their understanding of important science ideas over time. In this article, we explore how did classroom talk patterns of funneling and focusing support student sensemaking. We share how talk, tasks, and tools within classroom activity work together…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Learning Activities
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Yamashita, Shuichi; Kashiwaguma, Yasuyuki; Hayashi, Hideko; Pietzner, Verena – Science Education International, 2017
In science classes, students usually learn about the law of definite proportions by the oxidation of copper. However, common procedures usually do not lead to proper results. This leads to confusion among the students because their experimental results do not fit to the theoretical values. Therefore, we invented a new procedure for this experiment…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Arslan, A. Saglam; Durikan, U. – Science Education International, 2016
The aim of the present study is to determine pre-service teachers' mental models related to basic astronomy concepts. The study was conducted using a survey method with 293 pre-service teachers from 4 different departments; physics education, science education, primary teacher education and early childhood education. An achievement test with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Cognitive Structures, Models, Visualization
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Almuntasheri, S.; Gillies, R. M.; Wright, T. – Science Education International, 2016
Despite a general consensus on the educational effectiveness of inquiry-based instruction, the enacted type of inquiry in science classrooms remains debatable in many countries including Saudi Arabia. This study compared guided-inquiry based teachers' professional development to teacher-directed approach in supporting Saudi students to understand…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Pretests Posttests, Statistical Analysis, Inquiry
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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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Pimthong, P. – Science Education International, 2015
The purpose of this research was to study primary science students' conceptual development as it related to their understanding of materials and their properties: in particular, to determine how and why some students changed their concepts while others did not. The participants were thirty-two Grade 5 (10-11 year old) students. An instructional…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Primary Education, Grade 5, Science Education
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Sunyono; Yuanita, L.; Ibrahim, M. – Science Education International, 2015
The aim of this research is identify the effectiveness of a multiple representation-based learning model, which builds a mental model within the concept of atomic structure. The research sample of 108 students in 3 classes is obtained randomly from among students of Mathematics and Science Education Studies using a stratified random sampling…
Descriptors: Science Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Models, Molecular Structure
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Lee, C. K. – Science Education International, 2014
This study examines the existing knowledge that pre-service elementary teachers (PSETs) have regarding heat energy, heat transfer and insulation. The PSETs' knowledge of heat energy was initially assessed by using an activity: determining which container would be best to keep hot water warm for the longest period of time. Results showed that PSETs…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Education, Misconceptions
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Gonen, S. – Science Education International, 2014
The present study was carried out with 46 teacher candidates taking the course of "Thermodynamics" in the Department of Physics Teaching. The purpose of the study was to determine the difficulties that teacher candidates experienced in explaining the heat, work and internal energy relationships in the processes of adiabatic compression…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Thermodynamics, Preservice Teachers, Physics
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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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Gilbert, Andrew – Science Education International, 2013
A common challenge for many primary pre-service teacher educators is to rekindle interest in science content with future teachers who often express a lifetime of negative associations with school science. This pilot study investigated if the notion of wonder could be utilized with preservice teachers as a vehicle to develop more positive…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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