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Ladachart, Luecha; Ladachart, Ladapa – Science Education International, 2019
According to constructivist theory, learning is a construction of new knowledge based on prior knowledge. As a consequence, science teachers are encouraged to take students' prior knowledge into account. It is evident in many cases that although students' prior knowledge is often not consistent with scientific knowledge, they may have some…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Quansah, Rebecca Esi; Sakyi-Hagan, Nelly Adjoa; Essiam, Charles – Science Education International, 2019
The study investigated challenges affecting the teaching and learning of Integrated Science in rural Junior High Schools (JHSs) in the Effutu Municipality in the central region of Ghana. A qualitative approach was employed. Purposive sampling was employed to select six rural JHSs from the municipality. A closed-structured interview was used to…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Science Instruction, Junior High School Students, Instructional Materials
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Ates, Yesim Taktat; Ates, Hüseyin; Özbek, Neslihan; Afacan, Özlem – Science Education International, 2019
The aim of this study was to determine special education teachers' self-efficacy belief levels toward science. In the study, an explanatory mixed method was used in which quantitative and qualitative research methods were involved together. This study included both survey and case study methodology. To determine the level of special education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Olpak, Yusuf Ziya; Ates, Huseyin – Science Education International, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine pre-service science teachers' perceptions toward additional instructional strategies in biology laboratory applications in the scope of blended learning. This study used a mixed-methods sequential explanatory design model and was conducted with 69 students who study in their 2nd year in the department of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Biology, Science Instruction
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Idin, Sahin; Dönmez, Ismail – Science Education International, 2017
The aim of this study was to investigate Turkish Science teachers' views about gender equity in the scope of science education. This study was conducted with the quantitative methodology. Within this scope, a 35-item 5-point Likert scale survey was developed to determine Science teachers' views concerning gender equity issues. 160 Turkish Science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Sex Fairness
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Ahokoski, Essi; Korventausta, Miikka; Veermans, Koen; Jaakkola, Tomi – Science Education International, 2017
This paper reports outcomes of a 2-day inquiry learning training course for in-service teachers (N=102) with a specific focus on teachers' self-efficacy beliefs, perceptions of inquiry learning, and satisfaction with the training course. Teachers' self-efficacy and their perceptions of inquiry learning were measured both at the beginning and at…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Inservice Teacher Education, Self Efficacy, Pretests Posttests
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Bardone, Emanuele; Burget, Mirjam; Saage, Katrin; Taaler, Maarja – Science Education International, 2017
Originally introduced in several policy documents issued by different institutions belonging to the European Union (EU), the term responsible research and innovation (hereafter RRI) has gained considerable attention in recent years among researchers coming from different backgrounds and disciplines. RRI constitutes an attempt to articulate a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Science Teachers
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Higgins, Joanna; Moeed, Azra – Science Education International, 2017
Developing students' scientific literacy requires teachers to use a variety of pedagogical approaches including video as a form of instruction. In addition, using video is a way of engaging students in science ideas not otherwise accessible to them. This study investigated the merit of video clips representing scientific ideas in a secondary…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Students, Dialogs (Language), Cooperative Learning
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Yerrick, Randy K.; Simons, Tiffany – Science Education International, 2017
As science fiction has a way of capturing the human imagination that few other genres can rival, this study sought to investigate the effects of using science fiction on the performance and interest of high school chemistry students. An action research approach was used to guide the first author's practice as she studied two college preparatory…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Science Fiction
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Kutluca, Ali Yigit; Aydin, A. – Science Education International, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the altering perceptions and opinions of prospective elementary science teachers regarding argumentation while they were engaged in argumentative discourse. The participating teachers were engaged in socio-scientific argumentation for 9 weeks involving a 6-step process on a course "Special Topics in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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Vieira, Rodrigo Drumond; De Medeiros Dias, Humberto; De Melo, Viviane Florentino; Do Nascimento, Silvania Sousa – Science Education International, 2016
In this article we approach the problem of identification and recognition of argumentation by teacher educators of a physics undergraduate course of a large university in the southeast of Brazil. Our proposed markers criteria, such as "opposing" of ideas and "reciprocal justifications" were partially validated by the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Teacher Educators
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Mumba, F.; Banda, A.; Chabalengula, V. M. – Science Education International, 2015
Studies on inquiry-based instruction in inclusive science teaching have mainly focused on elementary and middle school levels. Little is known about inquiry-based instruction in high school inclusive science classes. Yet, such classes have become the norm in high schools, fulfilling the instructional needs of students with mild disabilities. This…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Science Teachers
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Kanli, U. – Science Education International, 2015
This paper presents an analysis of physics teachers' as well as university and high school students' understanding of some astronomy concepts. In recent years, the significance of astronomy teaching in science education has gradually increased. Many research studies indicate that students have misconceptions about the reasons for seasons, the…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Multiple Choice Tests, Energy
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Maharaj-Sharma, R.; Sharma, A. – Science Education International, 2015
This study was undertaken to examine and interpret how science teachers in Trinidad and Tobago used analogies in their science teaching. A total of 30 lessons taught by five different teachers were observed and analysed using an interpretative research methodology to develop generalized observations. The findings revealed that in general science…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Observation, Interviews, Science Instruction
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Song, S.; Mustafa, M. – Science Education International, 2015
Science teachers' job satisfaction is identified as a major factor that affects the quality of a science program. This research investigated to what extent a science program supports science teachers in terms of curriculum materials or extracurricular activities. It also examined the relationships among schools' curriculum support, the number of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Job Satisfaction, Teacher Attitudes
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