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Shanahan, Marie-Claire – Studies in Science Education, 2009
This paper explores the ways in which the concept of identity has been conceptualised and studied within science education. The Personality and Social Structure Perspective is used to examine the attention paid by researchers to three levels of identity analysis: "personality", "interaction" and "social structure". Tracing the development of…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Educational Environment, Social Structure, Personality
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Jenkins, Edgar W. – Studies in Science Education, 2009
This paper offers a commentary upon a number of recent documents from different countries concerned with the reform of school science education. It identifies and considers in turn four issues drawn from the documents: the way in which science is defined; the reference to science as a whole rather than as discrete disciplines; the nature of…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Scientific Principles, Educational Change, Science Education
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Perkins, David N.; Grotzer, Tina A. – Studies in Science Education, 2005
This article argues that an important source of the difficulties posed by particular concepts and theories is the narrow range of "types of causal models" with which most learners are familiar. Most learners are familiar with relatively simple styles of causal models, but many concepts and theories in science depend on styles…
Descriptors: Causal Models, Scientific Concepts, Intervention, Inquiry
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Loo, Seng Piew – Studies in Science Education, 2001
Focuses on the relationship between science and Islam in the context of science education. Describes Islamic science and whether it is a valid philosophy of science. Discuses islamisation or marginalization of science education. Discusses implications and offers suggestions for science education. (Contains 63 references.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Islam
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Jenkins, Edgar W. – Studies in Science Education, 2000
Presents a review to offer a personal commentary upon the range, quality, purpose, and usefulness of research in science education. Discusses diversity in research in science education; science education research domains; science education research community and science; and related research, policy, and practice. (Contains 66 references.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education
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Drori, Gili S. – Studies in Science Education, 2000
Discusses the links between science education and economic development from a comparative perspective and examines current global trends in science education expansion. Reviews empirical research assessing the effects of science education on economic development from a comparative or cross-national perspective. (Contains 72 references.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Economics, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education
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Thomas, Jeff – Studies in Science Education, 2000
Focuses on the way learning about genetics and evolution raises ideas that pupils and adults should relate to themselves whether what is learned helps reveal what science can and cannot say about human nature. Reviews the impact of informal learning after exploring the role and influence of informal learning channels. (Contains 79 references.)…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evolution, Genetics, Higher Education
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Lucas, A. M. – Studies in Science Education, 1980
Presented are some concerns regarding the relationship between science education and environmental education. Semantic problems, inadequate literature reporting efforts in the field, and the feeling that science education is the vehicle for environmental education are discussed and recommendations made for research and curriculum development. (CS)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Environmental Education
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Eliot, John; Hauptman, Anna – Studies in Science Education, 1981
Indicates that spatial ability describes a variety of different behaviors and briefly reviews efforts to define intelligence factors and identify processes involved in solving tasks requiring spatial ability. (DS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Perceptual Development
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Mayer, Victor; Kumano, Yoshisuki – Studies in Science Education, 1999
The priorities for science must change to confront the social and environmental problems brought on by the policies in science and technology during the past century. Contends that educators must have a clearer, broader understanding of the nature of science, its history, and its current structure in order to effect necessary changes in science…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Reiss, Michael – Studies in Science Education, 1999
Summarizes arguments for and against teaching ethics within science education, and clarifies what might be the several aims of teaching ethics in science. Discusses how ethics instruction might be incorporated into the science curriculum. (Contains 120 references.) (WRM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Ethics
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Ravetz, Jerome R. – Studies in Science Education, 1997
Offers insight into the sorts of questions that might be asked in scientific inquiry and suggests a new sort of question--What If?--complementary to those questions which have traditionally dominated scientific practices. (PVD)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Hermeneutics
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Aikenhead, Glen S. – Studies in Science Education, 1996
Reconceptualizes a cultural perspective for science education that offers an account of life in a science classroom by characterizing students' experiences as crossing borders between subcultures. Contains 160 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Cultural Influences, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education
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Ogborn, Jon – Studies in Science Education, 1995
Comments on the consequences of the death of the rationalist dream, including a loss of nerve in science education that leads some people to doubt the point and the value of teaching science. Argues that the death of this dream is irrelevant. Contains 57 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology
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Jegede, Olugbemiro J. – Studies in Science Education, 1995
Discusses how learning occurs and the role of the learning environment as a source of information. Argues that the culture of the learner has a central role in the learning of science using the traditional world view of African students as an example. Contains 124 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Constructivism (Learning), Cultural Background, Educational Environment
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