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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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Pektas, Murat; Kepceoglu, Ibrahim – Science Education International, 2019
This case study investigated what prospective science education teachers think about the use of gamification in education. 44 pre-service science teachers were asked to provide their opinions about the use of gamification in education after a 4-week implementation of gamification. The participants revealed the benefits of gamification such as an…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Educational Games, Science Teachers
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Özcan, Hasan; Kostur, Hakki Ilker – Science Education International, 2019
Recently, with the influence of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education approach, the material design has become an important aspect within science courses. The material development course in science curriculums is a unique opportunity to evaluate pre-service teachers' material designs. In this study, student science teachers'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Physics
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Pareek, Ram Babu – Science Education International, 2019
The present study aimed to explore the availability and utilization of a science laboratory for the teaching and learning of science. This study was a joint collaboration with India's Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Government of India, and the National Council of Educational Research and Training. The study adopted descriptive survey…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Qureshi, Azhar M.; Demir, Kadir – Science Education International, 2019
Pakistan, like many other countries of the world, has continually been criticized for its unproductive professional development (PD) policies and practices for teachers due to low student achievement in science disciplines. A good portion of science teachers (62%) in Pakistan was found to be uncomfortable in teaching the scientific concepts…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Teacher Competencies
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Richman, Laila J.; Haines, Sarah; Fello, Shannon – Science Education International, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine the design, implementation, and initial outcomes of a collaborative professional development program intended to prepare middle and high school educators to implement effectively the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in classrooms with diverse learners. The professional development program discussed…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Das, Pabi Maya; Faikhamta, Chatree; Punsuvon, Vittaya – Science Education International, 2018
This study investigated the development of Bhutanese students' views of the nature of science (NOS) as they engaged in an explicit and reflective approach. Seven aspects of NOS were integrated into the chemistry content in two learning units titled "matter and its composition" and "study of gas laws" over a time span of 6 weeks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Secondary School Students, Scientific Principles
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Aktamis, Hilal; Higde, Emrah – Science Education International, 2018
This study aimed to determine the changes in understanding about the nature of science (NOS) and conceptual values of 28 elementary science teacher candidates who engaged in the instruction of the nature and history of science (NHOS). A values scale was used to determine the values of science teacher candidates in six areas of the conceptual…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational History, Semi Structured Interviews, Questionnaires
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Dincer, Emrah Oguzhan; Osmanoglu, Aslihan – Science Education International, 2018
The aim of this study was to examine prospective science teachers' knowledge of and difficulties with the metric unit conversion. The participants of the study were 73 prospective science teachers. In this qualitative study, a measurement test with 14 questions was administered to the participants to examine their knowledge of and difficulties…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Knowledge Level, Measurement
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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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Baptista, Geilsa Costa Santos – Science Education International, 2018
This article aims to discuss the purpose of ethnobiology in biology teachers' training based on conceptions of biology teachers before and after their participation in a training course for science teachers that involved ethnobiology. The research was developed in 2009 and involved semi-structured interviews with nine biology teachers of public…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Biology, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Irez, Serhat; Han-Tosunoglu, Cigdem; Dogan, Nihal; Cakmakci, Gultekin; Yalaki, Yalcin; Erdas-Kartal, Eda – Science Education International, 2018
Many scholars and science curricula from around the world describe socioscientific issues (SSIs) as meaningful contexts for teaching about the nature of science (NOS). These calls are guided by the assumption that science teachers are able to identify relevant aspects of the NOS in a given SSI and to decide how to utilize these for NOS…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Uçar, Murat Berat; Sahin, Elvan – Science Education International, 2018
This quantitative study aimed to examine Turkish pre-service science teachers' beliefs regarding the demarcating between science and pseudoscience. Participants completed the Science and Pseudoscience Distinction Scale. Data collected from the 123 pre-service science teachers were examined based on the dimensions of the instrument, namely science…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes
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Cakmakci, Gultekin – Science Education International, 2017
This study used video vignettes of historical episodes from documentary films as a context and instructional tool to promote pre-service science teachers' (PSTs) conceptions of the nature of science (NOS). The participants received explicit-reflective NOS instruction, and were introduced to techniques to be able to use scenes from documentary…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Vignettes, Preservice Teachers, Scientific Principles
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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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