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Dodson, J. R. – Science Education International, 2014
Even in an increasingly cyber-driven world, many classrooms are still heavily reliant upon paper and pencil assignments. More and more students are provided with computer access at school as well as at home, which presents educators with a tool that can minimize the use of paper within their classrooms and decrease the amount of energy and…
Descriptors: Homework, Productivity, Web Based Instruction, Internet
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Kapucu, S. – Science Education International, 2014
The aim of this study was to determine the salient beliefs of pre-service primary school teachers (PPSTs) about why they like or dislike physics and to explore whether these beliefs predict their teaching beliefs about physics. A total of 267 PPSTs (Male = 137, Female = 130) participated in the study. Qualitative data analyses were used and the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Physics, Beliefs
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Holbrook, J.; Rannikmae, M.; Valdmann, A. – Science Education International, 2014
This paper identifies an "education through science" philosophy for school science teaching at the secondary level and determines its interrelationship with approaches to student acquisition of key educational competences and the identification of teacher needs to promote meaningful learning during science lessons. Based on the…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Science
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Sormunen, K.; Keinonen, T.; Holbrook, J. – Science Education International, 2014
The core idea of the PROFILES project is to support science teachers' continuous professional development. The instructional innovation of the PROFILES is the so called Three Stage Model (TSM) which aims to arouse students' intrinsic motivation, to offer a meaningful inquiry-based learning environment and to use the science learning in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Professional Continuing Education
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Kyza, E. A.; Georgiou, Y. – Science Education International, 2014
Teacher ownership is crucial for the sustainability of science education reform efforts. This paper discusses participatory design as a bottom-up approach for promoting teachers' sense of ownership of inquiry-based learning and teaching approach as put forward by the PROFILES project. According to the prevalent argument in favor of participatory…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teacher Participation, Teacher Attitudes, Participative Decision Making
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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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Rauch, F.; Dulle, M.; Namsone, D.; Gorghiu, G. – Science Education International, 2014
This paper explores the effectiveness of networking in promoting inquiry-based science education (IBSE) through raising the self-efficacy of science teachers to take ownership of more effective ways of teaching students, supported by stakeholders (Holbrook & Rannikmae, 2010). As PROFILES project (Professional Reflection Oriented Focus on…
Descriptors: Profiles, Science Education, Inquiry, Self Efficacy
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Elster, D. – Science Education International, 2014
IRIS (Interests and Recruitment in Science; http://iris.fp-7.org/about-iris/) is a European 7th framework project focusing on the challenge that only few young people in general, and women in particular, choose an education and career in science and technology. Project IRIS aims to contribute to the improvement of recruitment, retention and gender…
Descriptors: STEM Education, College Freshmen, Career Choice, Needs Assessment
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Elster, D.; Barendziak, T.; Haskamp, F.; Kastenholz, L. – Science Education International, 2014
Raising standards through inquiry-based science education (IBSE)--what are the challenges for pre-service teacher education? What do ongoing teachers and active teachers learn from each other when planning, conducting and evaluating minds-on and hands-on IBSE activities in the classroom? What do they learn "beyond" IBSE? The Bremen…
Descriptors: Standards, Science Education, Communities of Practice, Preservice Teacher Education
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Kennedy, Declan – Science Education International, 2014
This paper describes recent developments in Ireland to promote a greater interest in science among students in the 12-15 age group by means of practical work involving Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE). The tasks, know as Investigations, are a component of the assessment of the subject Science which is studied as part of the Junior…
Descriptors: Science Education, Inquiry, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students
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Rissanen, A. J. – Science Education International, 2014
Lifelong learning and diverse technical information are challenges for designing curricula. The Finnish National Defence University (NDU) provides undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in academic and military disciplines according to the Bologna process. Technology is one of the major learning lines at the NDU, but basic scientific education…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Strategies, Peer Teaching, Active Learning
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Harrison, Chris – Science Education International, 2014
Inquiry provides both the impetus and experience that helps students acquire problem solving and lifelong learning skills. Teachers on the Strategies for Assessment of Inquiry Learning in Science Project (SAILS) strengthened their inquiry pedagogy, through focusing on seeking assessment evidence for formative action. This paper reports on both the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Skills, Active Learning
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Trna, Josef – Science Education International, 2014
Inquiry-based science education (IBSE) seems to be the appropriate method to encourage interest in science and technology education. The core principles of IBSE are involvement of students in discovering natural laws, linking information into a meaningful context, developing critical thinking and promoting positive attitudes towards science. IBSE…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Academically Gifted, Teaching Methods
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Trnova, Eva – Science Education International, 2014
Creativity plays a very important role in education. Most of educational systems support creativity as relevant competence for the 21st century. According to the findings of experts, teachers' creativity is important for the development of students' creativity. We introduce a theoretical base of creativity and styles of creativity. Based on our…
Descriptors: Creativity, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Sokolowska, D.; de Meyere, J.; Folmer, E.; Rovsek, B.; Peeters, W. – Science Education International, 2014
SECURE is a collaborative project under FP7 to provide research results of current mathematics, science and technology (MST) curricula across Europe. The research focuses on the MST curricula offered to 5, 8, 11 and 13 year old learners in ten European countries. The consortium invited 60 schools from each partner country to participate in the…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Foreign Countries, Mixed Methods Research, Curriculum
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