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Herranen, Jaana; Aksela, Maija – Studies in Science Education, 2019
Students' questions have an important function in science learning, and in inquiry-based approaches. Inquiry teaching in which the students' own questions are used is promising, but a holistic view of the research and practice is lacking. A systematic review was conducted on 30 articles, both research report articles as well as descriptive and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Educational Benefits
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Jack, Brady Michael; Lin, Huann-shyang – Studies in Science Education, 2017
Generations of students are graduating from secondary school disinterested in post-secondary study of science or pursuing careers in science-related fields beyond formal education. We propose that destabilising such disinterest among future students requires science educators to begin listening to secondary school students regarding their views of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Student Interests, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Bush, Drew; Sieber, Renee; Seiler, Gale; Chandler, Mark – Studies in Science Education, 2017
This paper reviews university-level efforts to improve understanding of anthropogenic global climate change (AGCC) through curricula that enable student scientific inquiry. We examined 152 refereed publications and proceedings from academic conferences and selected 26 cases of inquiry learning that overcome specific challenges to AGCC teaching.…
Descriptors: Climate, Ecology, Inquiry, Literature Reviews
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Rönnebeck, Silke; Bernholt, Sascha; Ropohl, Mathias – Studies in Science Education, 2016
Despite the importance of scientific inquiry in science education, researchers and educators disagree considerably regarding what features define this instructional approach. While a large body of literature addresses theoretical considerations, numerous empirical studies investigate scientific inquiry on quite different levels of detail and also…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Inquiry, Scientific Research, Scientific Concepts
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Thys, Miranda; Verschaffel, Lieven; Van Dooren, Wim; Laevers, Ferre – Studies in Science Education, 2016
This paper provides a systematic review of instruments that have the potential to measure the quality of project-based science and technology (S&T) learning environments in elementary school. To this end, a comprehensive literature search was undertaken for the large field of S&T learning environments. We conducted a horizontal bottom-up…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Prior Learning, Scientific Concepts
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Ardasheva, Yuliya; Norton-Meier, Lori; Hand, Brian – Studies in Science Education, 2015
In this review, we explore the notion of teaching science to English language learners (ELLs) as a balancing act between simultaneously focusing on language and content development, on the one hand, and between structuring instruction and focusing on student learning processes, on the other hand. This exploration is conducted through the lens of a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Heuristics
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van Driel, Jan H.; Meirink, J. A.; van Veen, K.; Zwart, R. C. – Studies in Science Education, 2012
This review provides an overview of the the current state of research on professional development in science education. An analytical frame was used, based on what is known about PD from educational research. Clarke and Hollingsworth's model for teacher professional growth was also used to categorise the studies according to their aims and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Faculty Development, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Villanueva, Mary Grace; Taylor, Jonte; Therrien, William; Hand, Brian – Studies in Science Education, 2012
Students with special needs tend to show significantly lower achievement in science than their peers. Reasons for this include severe difficulties with academic skills (i.e. reading, math and writing), behaviour problems and limited prior understanding of core concepts background knowledge. Despite this bleak picture, much is known on how to…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Special Needs Students, Inclusion, Mainstreaming
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King, Donna – Studies in Science Education, 2012
Context-based chemistry education aims to improve student interest and motivation in chemistry by connecting canonical chemistry concepts with real-world contexts. Implementation of context-based chemistry programmes began 20 years ago in an attempt to make the learning of chemistry meaningful for students. This paper reviews such programmes…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Problem Based Learning, Learning Motivation, Chemistry
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OStergaard, Edvin; Dahlin, Bo; Hugo, Aksel – Studies in Science Education, 2008
This article is a review of applications of phenomenology, as a philosophy of knowledge and qualitative research approach, to the field of science education (SE). The purpose is to give an overview of work that has been done as well as to assess it and discuss its possibilities of future development. We ask: what attempts for connecting…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Phenomenology, Science Education, Literature Reviews
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Chin, Christine; Osborne, Jonathan – Studies in Science Education, 2008
Students' questions play an important role in meaningful learning and scientific inquiry. They are a potential resource for both teaching and learning science. Despite the capacity of students' questions for enhancing learning, much of this potential still remains untapped. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to examine and review the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Questioning Techniques, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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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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Duschl, Richard A.; Osborne, Jonathan – Studies in Science Education, 2002
Explores the research on argumentation in science education by focusing on two questions: (1) what should constitute argumentation?; and (2) what does research say about classroom conditions that promote, nurture, and sustain argumentation practices among students? Discusses possible barriers to argumentation and foundational frameworks and…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inquiry
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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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Gilbert, John K. – Studies in Science Education, 1995
Considers the metaphor of science education research as fields of inquiry. Groups the papers that have appeared in Studies in Science Education according to their contribution to the development of this metaphor. Contains 26 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Development, Elementary Secondary Education